The level of climate change measures offered by developed nations “still fall well short of the level of ambition needed”, says EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas.

Michael von Bülow03/12/2009 06:25
The European Union on Wednesday voiced disappointment at the level of climate change measures being offered by industrialized countries, AFP reports.

“The aggregate offers from developed countries still fall well short of the level of ambition needed, so I urge those countries with weak targets to improve them,” said EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas.

Europe would like to see developed nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 25-40 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. According to science, this would limit global warming to two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

However, according to Hindustan Times, Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on Tuesday said that a collective emission reduction target by industrialized countries by 2020 would be “good if it was 20 percent”.

So far the tally stands at an average of 13.3 percent cuts, and that includes an offer of 20 percent reductions in EU nations – 30 percent if other nations chip in.

“The European Union has set the pace with our unilateral commitment to cut emissions 20 percent by 2020,” said EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso.

“We will be ready to scale up our emission reduction to 30 percent provided our partners in both the developed and the developing world take on their fair share of the global effort.”

Brussels also called for real action rather than just promised figures.

“Given the slow progress made in the negotiations to date, and a lack of consensus about the shape of the eventual agreement, it is now unlikely that the treaty can be finalised in Copenhagen as originally planned,” the commission warned in a statement.