Climate change: The European Union towards COP21 and beyond
Developing countries – especially the most vulnerable – need a robust deal at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, as well as an ambitious action plan to ramp up action afterwards. The European Union (EU) can help finalise the deal by offering more in the key negotiating fora, especially on adaptation support and finance. But the real work will begin after Paris. As COP21 gets underway, this latest briefing comes from the European Think Tanks Group - written by Steffen Bauer (DIE), Clara Brandi (DIE), Alisa Herrero Cangas (ECDPM), Simon Maxwell (ODI) and Tancrède Voituriez (IDDRI) - and looks at the challenges and opportunities for EU climate action at COP21 and beyond. While the EU must support developing countries with mitigation and adaptation, climate change and energy have become central issues in foreign and security policy, and the EU needs to look beyond 2030 and focus on sustainability issues up to 2050, both within Europe and beyond its borders.