The EU Agrees to Agree On Climate!
By Paul Homewood
The European Council summit meeting last Friday devoted most attention to the migration crisis.
However, they were also meant to discuss climate and energy policy. Below is the official conclusion from the summit. It embodies all of the fudge that we are so used to seeing in EU affairs, contains all sorts of phrases that keep everybody on board, yet ends up being a totally meaningless statement:
III. CLIMATE AND ENERGY
16. The European Council welcomes the submission by the Commission of the package on energy security as well as of the Communication "Road from Paris". It encourages the legislators to proceed with work on the proposals to reinforce the EU energy security as a matter of priority on the basis of its previous conclusions and the relevant strategies endorsed by the European Council. It also recalled the importance of a fully-functioning and interconnected energy market. Based on the Climate Communication, it underlines the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions domestically and to increase the share of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency as agreed by the European Council in October 2014. Adapting the legislation in order to implement this framework remains a priority. The European Council invites the Commission to rapidly present all the remaining relevant proposals to this end so as to swiftly engage the legislative process. The European Council looks forward to the signature of the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April and underlines the need for the European Union and its Member States to be able to ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible and on time so as to be Parties as of its entry into force.
Translation – Poland won’t agree to any action beyond what they have already agreed.
Given that the Paris Agreement commits the EU to cut GHG by 40% by 2030 on a “joint basis”, and that some countries, such as the UK, will be cutting by much more, countries like Poland will be able to get away with much smaller reductions.
Meanwhile, nobody other than Britain, and maybe Germany, seems keen on going further.