Paris Agreement to Enter Into Force as EU Agrees Ratification
Bogor, October 5, 2016
Yesterday (4/10/2016), The European Parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement. With that approval of the Paris Agreement ratification -in the presence of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, the United Nation's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the President of COP 21 Segolene Royal- the last hurdle is cleared. The political process for the European Union to ratify the Agreement is concluded.
President Jean Claude Juncker as quoted in ec.europa.eu (4/10/2016) said "Today the European Union turned climate ambition into climate action. The Paris Agreement is the first of its kind and it would not have been possible were it not for the European Union. Today we continued to show leadership and prove that, together, the European Union can deliver."
Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete said "Our collective task is to turn our commitments into action on the ground. And here Europe is ahead of the curve. We have the policies and tools to meet our targets, steer the global clean energy transition and modernise our economy. The world is moving and Europe is in a driver's seat, confident and proud of leading the work to tackle climate change".
So far, 63 parties, accounting for almost 52.11% of global emissions have ratified the Paris Agreement. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 parties, representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified. The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
The European Commission has already brought forward the legislative proposals to deliver on the EU's commitment to reduce emissions in the European Union by at least 40% by 2030. With that approval by the European Parliament, the Council can formally adopt the Decision. In parallel the EU Member States will ratify the Paris Agreement individually, in accordance with their national parliamentary processes.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/ (041016) and unfccc.int