Minister Richard Brabec in Marrakech: the Czech Republic will fulfil its commitments

Minister Richard Brabec in Marrakech: the Czech Republic will fulfil its commitments

The COP 22 climate summit is currently culminating in Morocco. After more than a week of negotiations among delegations, heads of State and ministers arrived in Marrakech yesterday to enter into the final phase of the negotiations. At the same time in the plenary session, each State declares how it fulfils its obligations, e.g. in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, under the Paris Agreement which entered into force on 4 November 2016 (more here: http://mzp.cz/cz/news_161103_klima_dohoda).

In his speech on behalf of the Czech Republic, Environment Minister Richard Brabec highlighted the commitment of the Czech Republic to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% against 1990 levels by 2030. The fulfilment of the commitment should be assisted mainly by measures in the field of energy, enhancing energy efficiency (e.g. with the help of the new scheme Green for Savings or the OPE 2014-2020), measures in the agriculture or transport (e.g. through the promotion of alternative fuels in transport – more here: http://mzp.cz/cz/news_161110_vyzva_auta) etc.

The full speech of Minister Brabec at the COP 22 in Marrakech is attached.

Minister Brabec comments on the current situation: "Negotiations in Marrakech are not at all simple. The Paris Agreement entered into force relatively quickly, to date it has been ratified by 110 States out of the total of more than 190, which is a huge success, on the other hand, no one expected it to be so fast. In general, it was expected that the details of fulfilling the Paris Agreement would be gradually negotiated at first, in particular how to measure the emission reduction commitments of the States, how to ensure the financing of the emission reduction and of adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change and who exactly and in what amount will contribute. Not all States are prepared, as the Czech Republic is, to start fulfilling their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately. Achieving an acceptable compromise is therefore lengthy and difficult, of course. Yet, here in Marrakech it is apparent that States have a strong will to agree on completely new rules - by 2018 at the latest. For the Czech Republic, it is now key to ratify the Paris Agreement which started to be discussed in the House of Deputies last week, so that we can, as soon as possible, rank among the other States that have ratified the Paris Agreement and so declared their clear position and commitment to limiting the growth of the global average temperature.”The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published on Monday preliminary data on the warming of the planet for 2016 which will probably be the warmest year in history since the beginning of the measurement at the end of the 19th century. The average global temperature this year is 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial levels (http://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/provisional-wmo-statement-status-of-global-climate-2016). One of the objectives of the Paris Agreement is exactly to maintain the average global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial period.

Whole speech by the Minister (DOCX, 20 kB)

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