United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on European Union leaders to speed up the adoption of new 2030 climate and energy targets and lead the global effort to deal with climate change, at Friends of Europe Policy spotlight debate. "I asked President Barroso and President Van Rompuy to do it [reach a decision on the 2030 package] in the June summit meeting and bring an ambitious target to the UN summit meeting in September,” he said. “European leadership is essential. I'm counting on your leadership.”
After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris agreement to limit global warming. The focus now moves to implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industry, citizens, regions and cities.
We look at the role of regulation, competition, innovation, and the impact of consumption and production in sectors such as agriculture and transport (especially aviation and maritime transport). We debate the merits of different low-carbon economic models (including beyond growth and the circular economy).