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13 European ministers join together to call for urgent EU action on green growth

Date
28 October 2013
13 European ministers join together to call for urgent EU action on green growth

LONDON: Today, European Cabinet Ministers in charge of climate and energy met in Brussels for the European Green Growth Summit, where they made the compelling case for low carbon growth in the EU.

Thirteen European ministers signed 'Going for Green Growth', a joint pamphlet which sets out the economic case for a low carbon economy and calls for three urgent EU priority actions in order to achieve the transition:

  • Agree an ambitious EU 2030 Energy and Climate Policy Framework
  • Reform the structure of the EU’s Emissions Trading System
  • Ensure the EU is able to put forward a bold emissions reduction offer at the Ban Ki-Moon-hosted World Leader’s Climate Summit in 2014

Edward Davey, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, one of the ministers who was central to the formation of the group, said: "Thirteen EU countries and dozens of business leaders have come together to deliver a simple message - only by acting together and by showing leadership can we deliver the significant economic benefits that we have today shown is possible in tackling climate change. Businesses and investors are telling us that the EU needs to get its act together and that we need to urgently agree a 2030 Climate and Energy Framework and reform the EU ETS. Only then will investors have the confidence to put the billions into low carbon that we need. The consequences of inaction are clear. The stakes are high, if we do not act, we could all lose out in the low carbon race."

The initiative was welcomed by many of Europe's top business leaders, investors and experts, including Christiana Figueres, Secretary General, UNFCCC, who said: "I applaud the call by these countries and businesses for ambitious policy that sets the EU firmly on a course towards low carbon, green growth. Implementing clear policy frameworks that incentivize low carbon, price carbon and lay the groundwork for emission reduction commitments in 2014 are the greatest contributions governments can make towards the new, universal 2015 climate agreement currently under design."

She added: "Forward thinking businesses clearly have an interest in supporting political action toward low-carbon which will allow them to thrive in the coming green economy. This is the type of leadership we need to give the world our best chance of meeting the climate challenge."

Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, also welcomed the move. She said: "Europe is the living proof that there is no contradiction between being green and growing the economy. Actually it is interesting that some of our greenest member states in Europe also are among those with the most solid economies.

"The more European businesses and member states work together to understand that the growth of the 21st century must be green, the better. It is in Europe’s core economic interest to become more energy and resource efficient, and less dependent on imported fossil fuels. This is why the Commission is now finalizing its proposal for 2030 climate and energy targets."

You can ask Connie Hedegaard directly about the EU's challenges, goals and achievements, and other related questions, during our chat on November 5 at 2-2.45pm GMT/3-3.45pm CET, on November 5, 2013 on @ClimateGroup and #worldulike

Read Going for Green Growth

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