Europe risks again being sidelined, as in the final hours of the UN climate talks in December, unless the block speaks with one voice at future talks, the incoming climate commissioner of the European Union, Connie Hedegaard warns.
“There are very important lessons from Copenhagen. In the last hours, China, India, Russia, Japan each spoke with one voice, while Europe spoke with many different voices.”
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“There are very important lessons from Copenhagen. In the last hours, China, India, Russia, Japan each spoke with one voice, while Europe spoke with many different voices,” Denmark’s Connie Hedegaard, the presumptive new ‘climate action’ chief, told MEPs during her job hearing in the European Parliament.
“A lot of Europeans in the room is not a problem, but there is only an advantage if we sing from same hymn sheet. We need to think about this and reflect on this very seriously, or we will lose our leadership role in the world.”
EU leaders never expected the climate talks to be easy, but expected at least to win some kudos for having unilaterally committed to binding carbon emissions reductions of 20 percent by 2020. On the final day in Copenhagen, they were shocked as they found themselves sidelined when the US, Brazil, China, India and South Africa sat down to bash out a deal – what became known as the “Copenhagen Accord” – without any European powers in the room.
According to EUobserver.com Ms Hedegaard, who leaves a job as Denmark’s climate and energy minister to take up the position with the European Commission, gave the assembled deputies a frank assessment of how Copenhagen had disappointed the EU and what the block could have done better.
She also laid the blame with how long it took for the EU come up with a proposal for what became known as “climate finance” – the funds promised to the developing world to pay for measures to adapt to the effects of climate change and to move towards a low-carbon model of development.
“Not Denmark’s fault”
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