London, 25/04: After Paris - GLOBE UK Legislators Dialogue with State Secretary For Climate And Energy in Parliament

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London, 25/04: After Paris - GLOBE UK Legislators Dialogue with State Secretary For Climate And Energy in Parliament

GLOBE UK Members hosted the UK Secretary of State for Climate and Energy Amber Rudd at the House of Commons for a dialogue on the domestic implications of the the UK's signature of the Paris Agreement in New York.

Immediately after the High-Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement in New York, on 25 April GLOBE UK hosted a parliamentary reception with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd, co-sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The Secretary of State spoke about the Government’s vision for energy and climate policy following the Paris Agreement, while the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Energy Climate Change Lord Bourne provided an update having come directly from the Signing Ceremony.

In her address to the over 40 GLOBE UK legislators gathered, the Secretary of State and Lord Bourne noted that ‘the global deal reached in Paris was a significant milestone in tackling climate change, helping to safeguard our long-term economic security and giving clear direction to businesses as we transition to a low carbon economy’. They also emphasised the pivotal role that parliamentarians around the world have not only securing ratification of the Paris Agreement but also in turning national commitments into transparent action, and welcomed GLOBE’s cross party work.

State Secretary Amber Rudd framed the issue of ratification of the Paris Agreement by the United Kingdom in the context of the European Union’s ratification as a Party to the UNFCCC. For the European Union, this will require not only a legislative procedure at EU level – involving the consent of the European Parliament – but also ratification in each of the 28 Member States.

In its conclusions of 18 March 2016 the European Council called for the signature and timely ratification of the Paris Agreement by the Member States, and invited the European Commission to present the key remaining legislative proposals in the next 12 months to implement the EU 2030 Climate and Energy policy framework adopted by the EU in October 2014 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, to increase the share of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency, as well as an Effort-Sharing Decision for sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System and on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).

Also, in the run up to the British referendum on membership to the European Union next 23 June, Secretary Amber Rudd stated: ‘As part of the EU, the UK played a key role in securing this deal, ensuring it was in the interest of British families and businesses by levelling the playing field between us and the rest of the world and making sure that every country makes its fair share of effort to combat climate change'.