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Climate activist Lander Wantens cycled more than 1,000 kilometres from Belgium to Katowice to send delegates to do more to combat climate change. He hopes that when negotiators see that „four Belgian boys are crazy enough to go to Poland in the winter for the climate summit, it may be a signal that they need to work on an ambitious climate agreement.“ The Paris Agreement came into force on 4 November 2016 after completing the ratification requirement by at least 55 countries, representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. All EU countries have ratified the agreement. The EU was the first major economy to present its emissions reduction target under the Paris Agreement. The EU`s current target is to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. However, the pressure to set a more ambitious level is intensifying. To contribute to the goals of the agreement, countries presented comprehensive national climate change plans (national fixed contributions, NDC). These are not yet sufficient to meet the agreed temperature targets, but the agreement points to the way forward for further measures. The Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) welcomed the package in general, but spoke of a „lack of momentum“ in climate and energy policy. While the details of the EU`s EU-Green agreement remain insufficient, cuts to the European Transitional Fund (TFT) may complicate the transition to renewable energy, warned Simone Peter, head of the EE BE.
Peter said the JTF was essential to facilitate the abandonment of fossil fuel power generation in coal-fired regions, but lamented that under the new agreement, „EU Member States that have not adopted legislation to achieve climate neutrality targets by 2050 also have access to the Reconstruction Fund.“ Moreover, the allocation of „only 30 per cent“ of the climate protection package does not adequately reflect the importance of climate policy as a factor of security and innovation, he said. „In its current form, the package does not meet the objective of allowing a future-oriented crisis to resume.“ Five years ago, in Paris, world leaders agreed to limit the increase in global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century. Under the Paris climate agreement, countries must present updated climate targets before the end of the year. The Bundesverband der Deutschen Industry (BDI) said the Council agreement was proof that the EU was both „capable of acting“ and maintaining solidarity among its members. With the largest investment package in EU history, „Member States recognise the urgent need to invest in the fight against climate change, the digital economy and national health systems,“ said the sector lobby group. The agreement recognizes the role of non-partisan stakeholders in the fight against climate change, including cities, other sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and others. The symbol of the protesters was a clock to signal to the meetings of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) that time is running out if the world wants to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Negotiations at the COP have been difficult, with differences over funding for developing countries and how states should report their emissions reductions.
Joachim Rukwied, head of the German Farmers` Association (DBV), said the agreement showed that the EU was able to produce results. However, he criticised the fact that the Council`s compromise falls short of the many challenges facing farmers, including climate change. Rukwied said there would be more leeway in implementing agricultural standards for individual Member States to pave the way for a „serious distortion of competition“ that would run counter to the ideas of the European Green Agreement. He called on the European Parliament to act