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EU 2030 climate talks to progress in May

28 Apr 2014, 5.53 pm GMT

EU 2030 climate talks to progress in May

London, 28 April (Argus) — EU member state environment ministers are due to meet next month to progress negotiations on joint CO2 reduction and renewable energy targets up to 2030.

The ministers will meet in Athens on 14 May to prepare their contribution to global climate change negotiations and also move towards the EU's internal 2030 climate change mitigation goals, according to an agenda for the meeting seen by Argus.

EU heads of state and government in March agreed to devise 2030 climate and energy targets by October this year — in time for the 20th UN Conference of the Parties climate talks in Lima, Peru, in December, but after a climate change summit of national leaders organised by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in September.

The European Commission has recommended that the EU adopt a 40pc greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target from 1990 levels by 2030. But opposition among some member states, notably Poland, threatens to delay adoption of ambitious targets.

EU environment ministers in Athens will discuss specific issues that the leaders identified in March as areas that "need further analysis", the Greek presidency of the EU Council, which will host the event, said in the agenda for the meeting.

"A major issue remains the principles and criteria to be used for the impact analysis for individual member states and the development of a fair effort sharing mechanism," the presidency said.

The ministers will also discuss their contribution to ministerial meetings under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that are due to take place on 5-6 June in Bonn. Government ministers from the UNFCCC's parties will at that time progress negotiations on the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) — under which states are devising emission reductions before and after 2020.

The Greek presidency could not comment on the content of the planned discussions in Athens.

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