OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – AOB item on the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (05 March 2018)

A summary of the information provided by the Polish delegation on COP24 is available.

Environment Council – 5 March 2018
 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(COP 24, Katowice, 3-14 December 2018)
Information from the Polish delegation


  • COP24 was one of the most important geopolitical events;
  • Poland had the necessary experience in this respect. Former COP meetings were considered successful;
  • the Talanoa dialogue was fundamental towards achieving temperature goals;
  • it was necessary to support developing countries in technology transfer;
  • Poland was leading in terms of climate policy and reducing 30% of its emissions. COP24 was the perfect occasion to exchange experience in terms of economic transformation and build up institutions that would cater for the need of sustainable development goals;
  • Poland was active in the ratification of Doha amendments;
  • lastly, Poland requested active participation of other Member States in organising the conference.

Commissioner Cañete

  • it was necessary to agree on governance rules. The EU had focused on transparency and accountability, monitoring national emission levels, accountability for commitments and transparency on financing. The completion of governance rules was essential for the implementation of the Paris agreement;
  • it was necessary to manage political risks; the EU and its partners had to manage the divergent positions of a number of countries on the issues of climate finance;
  • the second Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) needed to provide guidance to climate change negotiators;
  • the Talanoa dialogue was first opportunity since Paris for parties to access collective progress. The dialogue needed to create positive momentum, build trust and prone G20 countries to come forward with an action plan;
  • as part of the Talanoa process, the EU had a strong story to tell. The first technical submission (deadline 2 April) was well on-track and the necessary legislation for delivering the 40% emission reduction target had been put in place;
  • as a way of demonstrating leadership, the Commission planned a high level stakeholder event on 14 June, and a high level round table end of October. Details would follow;
  • lastly, the Commissioner thanked Jos Delbeke, the Director General for Climate Action, for his outstanding work on climate policy.


  • France thanked Poland for accepting the responsibility of organising the event;
  • Poland could count on the full support of France to achieve a balanced COP across all three pillars:
    • adoption of rules for the Paris agreement;
    • Talanoa dialogue;
    • financial commitments made to support partners in developing countries;
  • Member States needed to help the Polish delegation achieve the Talanoa dialogue, which required:
    • the completion of the ambitious legislative texts in energy and climate policy;
    • updating the 205o roadmap by the Commission.


  • Belgium supported the Commission’s position on organising events on Talanoa;
  • count on Polish presidency to ensure good cooperation with Fiji to achieve major goals;
  • Poland indicated it wants initiative for a fair transition for workers and Belgium found it interesting for COP24. She requested more information;
  • she requested the Commission to draw up a proposal for a new low emission long – term strategy by 2019 the latest.


  • Germany gave full support and requested the Commission’s long-term strategy proposal earlier;


  • Austria looked forward to working with Poland on COP24 during its next Presidency;
  • it was important to send out a good message. Climate goals were not being tackled enough. Work Programme was essential;


  • Sweden stressed the importance of the Talanoa dialogue during COP24;
  • it was necessary to take the lead of the process and make most out of the dialogue;
  • it was essential that the Commission presented the proposal in the beginning of 2019. This would allow the Council sufficient time to discuss the proposal to ensure that the EU was ready to present its long-term strategy under the Paris Agreement.


  • the Emissions Gap Report (2017) showed that EU was far behind the goals set in Paris. The clock was ticking and every COP was a major milestone;
  • it was important that the EU remained a leader in the process. Long-term goals needed to provide guidance for national strategies. He called on the Commission to make a long-term strategy proposal at the beginning of 2019.


  • the implementation package needed to be adopted and satisfactory to all;
  • Luxembourg agreed with Portugal and other MS on the importance of the long-term emission reduction strategy;
  • the strategy needed to consider ways in which the EU would achieve the net zero emission target by 2050. Delaying the publication beyond the beginning of 2019 would risk inconsistencies between energy and climate policies.


  • one of the key targets of the Talanoa dialogue was to promote and ensure strengthened ambitions with regards to Paris agreement targets. In line with the five year cycle of the Paris Agreement, Slovenia believed such discussion needed to start in the EU;
  • the early publication of the Commission’s strategy was of key importance.


  • the EU needed to demonstrate it followed up on commitments with tangible actions and delivered on what was promised;
  • the EU had demonstrated its commitments through LULUCF, ESR and the EU ETS;
  • Denmark also looked forward to the Commission’s communication.

The Netherlands

  • the Talanoa dialogue was essential;
  • The Netherlands joined MS and requested the long-term strategy.

The UK

  • the UK welcomed the commitment made by Poland;
  • there was a gap between country pledges and the pressure would increase with the new IPCC report.  It was vital the dialogue led to a clear political message.


  • 2018 would represent a framework of different policy areas coming together;
  • it was necessary to guarantee defined guidelines and rules for applying the Paris Agreement in a balanced way for all countries;
  • mitigation and transparency of action required flexibility.


  • Spain fully supported Poland;
  • the EU needed to be a leader in international negotiations;
  • the Talanoa dialogue was the next political milestone for the international community and an opportunity to share good results in complying with future goals.

Source: One Policy Place

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