Extracts from the press conference by Connie Hedegaard, ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC - COP19)

Type: Summary of press conference   Référence: I083297   Durée: 00:03:08  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 6 November 2013, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, gave a press conference to present the legislation necessary for the European Union to formally ratify the second commitment period (2013-2020) of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. The EU, the Member States and Iceland have committed to jointly achieve a 20% reduction in their combined greenhouse gas emissions over the second period compared to the level in 1990 or their other chosen base years. This reduction commitment is consistent with the 2009 'climate and energy package' of legislation and mirrors the package's reduction measures at EU and Member State level.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:06
00:00:11 Arrival of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, at the press conference 00:00:07
00:00:18 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): We have today from the Commission the proposal on how to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol. As you will know that was part of the agreement on last year climate conference in Doha, it is part of delivering what was agreed back in Durban. 00:00:25
00:00:43 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:00:47 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): Of course such ratification thing takes time with 28 Member States and the European Parliament, nobody should be in doubt of that so that will take a year or more before all Member States can have it trough their parliaments but it was really important for us to show that we are on track, we are delivering on what has been pledged before we are moving into the second commitment period and the reality is that since 1st of January this year we have actually been living according to that because we already have our legislation in place. 00:00:34
00:01:20 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:24 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): We have from the Commission side wanted to make this ratification as simple as possible. I think there are some that think we could put all interesting issues into this ratification; we make it as simple as possible, what is in there is identical to what we have pledged, the 20% Co² emission reduction target for 2020 and the existing legislation. 00:00:24
00:01:48 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:52 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): The other half of what was adopted in Durban and confirmed in Doha what that we would do that, keep the Kyoto protocol system alive while the world is negotiating a new kind of agreement, a new agreement. So now we have delivered on this one but I also have to say to our partners outside Europe that the other part of the deal is as important as ever, namely that all parties will take their responsibility and will commit in the future set up. 00:00:37
00:02:29 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:33 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): That is why that when we are now going to Poland COP, we hope that when we live that COP, the world will have agreed a very clear plan, how do we get to the new agreement that has to be done in Paris 2015; there must be a quite clear timeline, there must be an agreement that all the other parties will go home and do their homework in 2014 so that in good time before Paris, the different countries are ready to pledge. 00:00:36
00:03:08 Departure of Connie Hedegaard 00:00:06
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