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By Stephen Gardner
Nov. 26 — Countries around the world must put in place a range of emission-reducing policies if global warming is to be contained, according to a nonbinding resolution adopted Nov. 26 by the European Parliament in preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Lima, which starts Dec. 1.
In particular, a global climate deal for the post-2020 period should stimulate widespread adoption of energy efficiency and renewable-energy policies, carbon pricing and resource efficiency, and circular economy measures, the resolution said. A deal also should result in cutting fossil-fuel subsidies and phasing out hydrofluorocarbons, the resolution added.
In addition, the resolution said there should be a “general reinvigoration” of European Union policy to combat global warming. The EU should go beyond current pledges by adopting a binding 40 percent energy efficiency target for 2030, and should introduce measures “that halt the development of highly greenhouse-gas-intensive unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands,” it said.
Such measures are needed to close a “gigaton gap” between the level of greenhouse gas emissions scientists say could keep global warming within safe limits and actual and projected emissions, which could lead to a temperature rise above 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the resolution said.
The nonbinding resolution expresses the opinion of the European Parliament, which will send a delegation to the Lima conference. A plenary session of the European Parliament sitting in Strasbourg, France, ratified the resolution following its adoption Nov. 5 by the European Parliament's environment committee.
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