05 Mar Council of Environment Ministers: Ségolène Royal calls on her European counterparts to mobilize in order to implement the Paris Agreement
COP President and French Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Ségolène Royal, attended the first Council of European Environment Ministers of 2016 in Brussels on Friday 4 March. At the Council, she called on her counterparts to maintain the momentum of the Paris Agreement in their respective countries and at community level.
In order to nurture this ambition and make progress in implementing the Paris results, Ségolène Royal called on her European counterparts to pursue four goals:
1. Finalize the signature and ratification of the Paris Agreement
The Minister invited all Member States to take part at the highest level in the signing ceremony on 22 April in New York and to launch the ratification process without delay. The aim is to encourage as many countries as possible to attend this crucial meeting for implementing COP21.
2. Make effective decisions without delay
The international community included the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C in the Paris Agreement. For Ségolène Royal, the European Council on 17-18 March at which COP21 is on the agenda, must be an opportunity to show European leadership on climate ambition and to clarify the timetable for implementing the Paris Agreement.
3. Place Europe at the forefront of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition launched at COP21
On 22 April in New York, the high-level panel on carbon pricing will be convened by the World Bank. As of today, the Minister has called on Europe to commit to carbon pricing, in particular by:
- implementing a price corridor on the European carbon market in order to encourage low-carbon industrial investments and reduce the cost of supporting renewable energies;
- taking the measures necessary to combat business relocations and the resulting carbon leakage;
- ensuring that free quotas are limited to the most high-performing and exposed sectors.
4. Develop the Agenda of Solutions
Ségolène Royal wants the Member States to run some of the 70 coalitions set up during COP21, and to publish their concrete results. These coalitions bring together States, cities, territories, businesses, NGOs and citizens around the 12 themes of Action Day: geothermal energy, solar energy, transport, etc. A report will be drawn up during the year to assess progress since COP21.
The COP President also highlighted the leading role which Europe must play in helping climate development. She reiterated her will to support the deployment of renewable energies in Africa, because “taking action for climate justice also means taking action for stability by reducing climate-related migration through access to development as well as food and health security.”