COP28: Council sets out EU position for UN climate summit in Dubai
United Arab Emirates
EU’s general negotiating position for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Council has approved conclusions that will shape the EU's position at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023. In these conclusions, the Council emphasizes the benefits of ambitious climate action for the planet, the global economy, and people. It also stresses the importance of ensuring a fair transition to sustainable, climate-resilient, and climate-neutral economies that leave no one behind through four main foundations.
1. Increasing global ambition towards climate neutrality
Member states stress that collectively, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and their updates are currently not sufficient to reach the objective, and point out that all Parties should have revisited and strengthened their NDCs or updated their long-term low GHG emission development strategies (LTS) ahead of COP28.
2. Phasing out fossil fuels and increasing renewable energy capacity
The Council calls for global action towards the tripling of installed renewable energy capacity to 11 TW and the doubling of the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030, while respecting each country’s national energy mix.
3. Greater efforts towards climate mitigation and adaptation
The Council reiterates the importance for all parties of making greater efforts to integrate climate change adaptation and resilience into existing policies and programmes within all relevant sectors.
4. Climate finance to address loss and damage.
Member states acknowledge the efforts by many countries and institutions to finance a host of solutions to address loss and damage from the adverse impacts of climate change. Ministers call on all countries to scale up their efforts to mobilise financing from all sources to support climate action.
In addition, the EU is determined to work with all parties to:
- Continue promoting the implementation of the enhanced transparency framework
- Foster an inclusive discussion on the future of UNFCCC focusing on improving the efficiency of the process and facilitating participation
- Advance the ambitious implementation of the Glasgow work programme on action for climate empowerment (ACE) and its action plan
- Address the gender dimension to leverage the full potential of climate policies
- Further discussions under the Sharm El-Sheikh Joint Work programme on the implementation of climate action in agriculture and food security.