Speaking in Brussels before Christmas, Commissionr Miguel Arias Cañete, responsible for Climate Action, said that the current EU legislative targets would remain in place following the COP21 agreement in Paris.  He confirmed that it would be for the next European Commission to decide on whether to strengthen the 40% emissions reduction target for 2030 (agreed by EU leaders last year) after the first of the ‘five-year stock takes’ set up by COP21 had taken place.

COP21 succeeded in agreeing in Paris on Saturday a comprehensive agreement binding all 195 countries to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and work towards a 1.5°C goal.  Two weeks before the agreement was signed, reference to 1.5 degrees seemed a pipedream.  Nevertheless, almost 24 hours over the alotted time for the negotiations, on Saturday evening, the President of the UN climate conference of parties (COP) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: "I now invite the COP to adopt the decision entitled

As 200 countries gather in Paris today for COP21 or the the 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) there is a growing sense of optimism that an agreement can be secured.  COP21 gets underway this morning under heavy security around the Bourget venue North of Paris. The objective will be to find a legally binding deal that will cap global warming at no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Details of the emerging EU position ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris where a new global treaty that will commit all countries to halving global emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.  The EU also wants the possibility of including a new 5 year mechanism for reviewing the collective ambition level of emissions reductions should countries start to fall behind on their Paris commitments.  As part of the deal, the EU has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% from 1990 levels by 2030.