EUA Energy & Environment Platform

Global climate negotiations at COP24: we need to act now

17 December 2018

The 24th United Nations climate change conference (COP24) took place from 3 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland. It focused on the implementation of the Paris Agreement (2016) and on advancing the Talanoa dialogue, initiated by the Fijian presidency of COP23 in 2017. The urgent need to act at a global level was also powerfully stressed in the recent special report (October 2018) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The EUA Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE) welcomed at where countries pledged for more prominent climate change education policies. Universities are firmly committed to contributing to European and global climate talks and look forward to the next year Climate Summit 2019 and COP25 in Chile.

At the European level, well in advance of COP24 (28 November 2018), the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral Europe “A Clean Planet for all”, together with a report on the role of research and innovation in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement as well as the R&I priorities for a decarbonised EU policy.

EUA-EPUE responded to the European Commission Public Consultation on Future climate and energy policy – a Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions in October 2018. Our response highlighted the need for an ambitious and comprehensive European strategy to tackle energy and climate challenges. It called for the design of new regulatory frameworks as well as for support of up-to-date and high-quality education programmes to provide access to knowledge for European citizens.