Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has stated that the COP26 cover deal draft is “good” but requires strengthening. The initial draft of the deal urges countries to strengthen their emissions-cutting plans for this decade within the next year.
The draft, which was published this morning, also urges long-term strategies to be set out by the end of next year to reach zero emissions by approximately the year 2050.
The draft also calls for the accelerating of fossil fuel subsidies to be phased out but experts believe that this is unlikely to remain in the deal.
While speaking to reporters in Glashow, Ryan said that the draft was broadly welcomed by EU negotiators.
However, activists have stated that the plan is not substantial nor strong enough to represent the radical changes needed to limit global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said the draft deal was “not a plan to solve the climate crisis” but a “polite request that countries maybe, possibly, do more next year.”
Agreeing with Morgan’s comments, Ryan stated, “she’s right, but there’s also a real fear that it could be reduced, it could be cut, it could be undermined”.
Ryan said that there’s a lot of new innovative measures in the draft and although they may not be as strong as desired by activists, “there’s a lot of good innovative new stuff in it.”
Ryan added, “It’s quite good text but, in my mind, it needs to be strengthened.” Further versions of the draft will likely take place in the next few days.
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