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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Posted 7:56 PM by Tevita
Germany Hears Cries Of Small Island States
By Ulamila Wragg, Pacific Communications Team, Poznan, Pola
Friday: December 12, 2008
From : Pacific Magazine
In what can be regarded as a breaking of ranks within the European Union, Germany today announced in Poland that it has set a 40 percent emission reduction target from 1990 levels by 2020.
Germany’s Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel delivered his country’s powerful promise this afternoon at the United Nations global climate change conference in the city of Poznan.
Germany’s timing of delivering the promise in Poznan is ironic given that today, heads of states of the EU are also meeting in Brussels to set measures that will allow them to meet 20 percent reduction target of their emission in 2020 compared to 1990. They are keen to also commit to reducing emissions by up to 30 percent if a satisfying agreement is reached in Copenhagen next year.
Germany’s promise today is in line with the plea by the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) to the global summit that industrialised countries cut emissions by 40 percent from 1990 level by 2020. AOSIS wants the target entrenched in the post-Kyoto Protocol regime that will be sealed in Copenhagen next year.
“Germany has already achieved its Kyoto targets this year and we will exceed them in 2010. We have set ourselves the target of 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared with 1990. We have found that if we implement our targets effectively, we will save 17 million Euros on energy imports in 2020,” said Gabriel.
He said Germany is also generating demand in employment-intensive domestic sectors, thus creating 500,000 new jobs by 2020.
“Our negotiations are by far not progressing enough. We are not making any progress on crucial issues. Despite the knowledge on that is necessary, we are not even able to decide on the range of necessary mid-term reductions by developed countries, let alone on urgently needed financing structures for adaptation,” Gabriel said.
Gabriel took the opportunity to call on EU member countries not to exploit the current financial crisis “as an excuse for moving away from committed climate protection.”
“But as we have just learnt from the financial crisis: those trading in bad loans ultimately lose trillions of euros and dollars. And the worst loan we are trading in globally is climate loan. It is already costing human lives in regions where desertification is spreading and sea levels are rising,” he said.
“It is threatening the biodiversity which is the basis of our well being and it will cost our children and grandchildren much more than the current financial crisis if they have to cope with the cost of unchecked climate change.”
“We are the world’s environment ministers. Who, if not we, have the responsibility to remind the world that it cannot postpone the problem of melting icebergs? Nor will rising sea-levels stop for a rest, simply because bankers and brokers have squandered trillions?”
Gabriel said that Poznan has to be more than negotiating technical details.
“Poznan must send the unmistakeable signal that climate change belongs at the very top of the international policy agenda and must not be relegated to ‘any other business'.”
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