By Anca Gurzu
The European Union should push for an “ambitious, robust and binding” climate deal at the global summit in Paris this December, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said today in his State of the Union speech.
A failure to get serious about global warming could spark the next migration crisis, he warned. “Tomorrow morning we will have climate refugees,” he told in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“We need to act now because we don’t have time to lose,” Juncker said. “I want the EU and member states to be as ambitious as possible on our way to Paris.”
The EU “should not sign just any deal,” but rather go for an ambitious agreement.
“We have to fight for that and raise the voice against the states that are not sharing that view,” Juncker said, adding: “Europe is not neutral when it comes to climate change” and has to be a model and example for others.
The EU has undertaken some of the world’s most ambitious climate goals, promising to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030, to have renewables supply 27 percent of the bloc’s energy and to cut energy use by 27 percent.