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Christian Aid responds to EU climate proposals

25 February 2015 - Christian Aid has today given a cautious welcome to the EU’s proposals towards a global climate deal to be signed later this year in Paris.

Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Change Advisor, Dr Alison Doig, said: “The EU has set a positive tone for the year’s negotiations, calling for a legally binding Paris Protocol and for all major emitters to act first and fastest.

“Their call for a 60 per cent reduction in global emissions by 2050 is not enough to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, as it is based on now out of date science. However, the proposal to scientifically review the Paris outcome on a five year basis is welcome and would provide opportunity to increase its strength as needed.

“But this will only happen if EU leaders give much greater political attention to the low carbon economy than they have shown in recent years. Some countries such as the UK fought hard to get the EU to commit to emissions reductions of ‘at least 40 per cent’ by 2030. The EU needs to set an ambitious interim target for 2025 which ensures rapid action upfront, and needs to use today’s announcement on energy union in Europe to enhance action on renewable energy. .

“The biggest failing of the EU’s proposal is the lack of support for developing countries. It makes no mention of the long-standing commitment to help provide $100 billion in climate finance by 2020 and it avoids making any commitments of substance beyond 2020.

“If the EU and other developed nations arrive in Paris without concrete plans on finance and adaptation then it will be difficult to get developing countries on board.  This has to be a priority for negotiations in the coming months.”

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Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

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