The European Union on Saturday rejected Egypt’s bid for a deal at this year’s United Nations COP27 climate change talks, calling it “trivial”.
A French official said the proposal was not ambitious enough to reduce carbon emissions.
“At this stage, the Egyptian presidency questions the progress made in Glasgow in terms of reducing emissions,” an official from the French Ministry of Energy Transition told AFP, referring to the results of the COP26 of the last year.
“It is unacceptable for France and the European Union,” he added.
Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries agreed to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius compared to the end of the 19th century.
They also endorsed the goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, although scientists later confirmed this was a much safer guideline to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.
This more ambitious 1.5 degree target was approved in Glasgow last year, with countries agreeing to review their carbon reduction targets every year.
“The problem is that the Egyptian presidency is trying to push through a text that removes countries’ commitment to steadily boost their national targets to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius target,” the French official said.
European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who heads the EU delegation to COP27, said the negotiations went “beyond that”.
“The EU is united to move forward and build on what we agreed in Glasgow,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Our message to our partners is clear: we cannot let 1.5°C die here and today,” he added.
The two-week talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have bogged down on a series of interrelated issues, including how and how quickly to release money for vulnerable developing countries already hit by storms, droughts , heat waves and floods.
Source: The Delfi