Index - Abroad - Timmermans: Glasgow climate summit fails to tackle climate change

The Glasgow summit did not solve the problem of climate change, but showed great ambition by setting the ambitions of the Paris Agreement as a common goal, said Frans Timmermans, the EU commissioner responsible for implementing the Green Agreement.

Timmermans, in an EU parliamentary debate on the outcome of the 26th session of the European Parliament’s UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, said the meeting had set the highest goals, such as keeping global warming below one and a half degrees.

We started COP26 with the world moving toward 2.7 degrees Celsius, which is too much but much less than the 3-4 degrees Celsius we were heading for during the Paris Climate Summit, he added. He described the agreement on the phasing out of subsidies for coal and fossil fuels as a success, but added that it was disappointing compared to the original goal of phasing out. He pointed out that cooperation with the African continent played a key role in achieving climate goals.

We need to support Africa in transforming its energy use and finding and financing natural energy sources

He thought. Mr Timmermans also said that the European Union was a global leader and bridge-builder in the fight against climate change.

Our climate policy diplomacy, our dialogue with countries like Japan, China and Turkey, has helped major emitters step up their ambitions. Each of these countries will shape and accelerate its own green transition

He claimed.

In his speech, Edina Tóth of Fidesz spoke about the fact that COP26 started with great goals, but the result was only a “fragile” agreement. In his view, only joint action can speed up the process of combating climate change. He then moved on to the overhead issue, saying that while the EU is responsible for 9 per cent of emissions, the European Commission is proposing “the most drastic” steps for EU member states, wanting to tax car and homeowners “disguised as rising prices to protect the climate”. He says global partners are doing much less to protect the environment.

Márton Gyöngyösi, a right-wing man, was disappointed with the results of the meeting in Glasgow, saying in his speech that it was still worrying to think about the planet to be inherited by the younger generation. The climate summit did not meet the results, but was successful in several respects, he said.

(via MTI)

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