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Letters
15 Oct 2020

Open letter to EU governments on the EU 2030 target

To: Heads of governments Council President Commission President Ministers of Environment Ambassadors from Member States to the EU We write to you on behalf of Bellona Europa, Carbon Market Watch and Fern – organisations specialising in negative emissions. We would like to urge you to uphold the integrity of the EU’s 2030 climate target, in…

Letters
12 Sep 2018

Letter: CORSIA & European climate ambition on aviation

Dear Vice-President Šefčovič, Commissioner Bulc, Commissioner Arias Cañete EU aviation emissions increased 96% from 1990 to 2016, and are now 3.6% of EU emissions. These emissions are included in the EU 2030 target, and ambitious action is required to ensure the target is achieved. ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme (CORSIA) for International Aviation is…

Letters
10 Apr 2018

Letter: EU must support tackling vested interests at UN climate talks

For the world to reach the necessary ambition to achieve our climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, which would keep average global temperature rises well below 2°C and even 1.5°C, the EU, led by the European Commission, must start supporting efforts to tackle vested interests within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We,…

Letters
5 Apr 2018

Open Letter to President Juncker: Towards an EU budget that is in service of achieving Europe’s climate objectives

Dear President Juncker, The co-signatories of this letter represent a broad group of business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations who are working together to bring strong support to the EU’s commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives. We are writing to urge you to ensure…

Letters
21 Mar 2018

Letter on DR Congo’s proposed lifting of the moratorium on new industrial logging concessions

To the representatives of the governments of: Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States To members of the Central Africa Forest Initiative (CAFI) To the CBFP, EU, FAO, UNDP, World Bank Dear colleagues, It is with great alarm that we alert you to plans to imminently lift the moratorium on new logging…

Letters
18 May 2017

Open Letter: EU LULUCF rules will set an international precedent

Open letter sent to EU Commissioner for climate & energy Cañete, MEP Norbert Lins (LULUCF rapporteur in parliament) and Dr Herrera (Malta Presidency)  The EU is in the process of deciding the accounting rules for land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) for the post-2020 period. The EU’s decision will have international significance. To…

Letters
3 Jun 2016

Letter to VP Šefčovič, and Commissioners Bulc and Arias Cañete on ICAO global market based measure

Brussels Dear Vice President and Commissioners, Talks in Montreal last month to prepare the draft Assembly Resolution for ICAO’s Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) for emissions from international aviation have potentially moved us even further away from an effective environmental measure. We, the European NGOs observing the ICAO process, call on European member states, their…

Letters
3 Jun 2016

Letter to EU Climate Change and Transports Ministers on ICAO global market based measure

Brussels Dear Ministers, Talks in Montreal last month to prepare the draft Assembly Resolution for ICAO’s Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) for emissions from international aviation have potentially moved us even further away from an effective environmental measure. We, the European NGOs observing the ICAO process, call on European member states, their ICAO Council representatives…

Letters
4 Mar 2016

Open letter to EU Officials on Human Rights

We are writing on behalf of the undersigned organisations and members of the Human Rights and Climate Change Working Group[1], in advance of the UNFCCC Conference of the State Parties in Paris from November 30-December 11, 2015.

Letters
17 Jun 2015

Letter to Commissioner Arias Cañete in view of European Commission consultation on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Dear Commissioner Arias Cañete,
The European Commission has consulted stakeholders about the role the EU’s land and forests should play in its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. With this letter, the undersigned organisations are registering their views and state that Option 1 (LULUCF pillar), is their preferred option since it is the only one that could uphold the environmental and social integrity of the EU’s target. They call on the EU to have a clear position ahead of Paris on the need for two distinct global goals, one for LULUCF and another for other emissions, including non CO2 emissions from agriculture.

At the European Summit in October 2014, Heads of State agreed that, by 2030, the EU will domestically reduce its emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990. In the run up to the United Nations climate summit in Paris, the EU should continue to show leadership to tackle climate change by upholding the environmental integrity of the ‘at least 40 per cent’ target. We believe that unless the following points are addressed, the EU is at risk not only of backsliding on its ambition and harming its credibility in this crucial year for climate, but it could entail damaging impacts on biodiversity and local communities.