COP21: EU squares up to emerging economies

The EU’s climate commissioner has criticised some emerging economies for pushing for a weaker climate agreement on grounds of their right to economic growth

The EU’s climate commissioner has criticised some emerging economies for pushing for a weaker climate agreement on grounds of their right to economic growth.

A new UN climate deal will be meaningless without “urgent action” by developing countries that are responsible for 65% of global emissions, Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told press.

Mr Cañete said that discussions on the level of ambition of the new deal to be agreed in Paris this week had centred on the EU’s requests for a long-term goal, five-yearly reviews of emissions reduction pledges, and rules on transparency and accountability to monitor progress.

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