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Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD)

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    Environment
  • Published
    5th May, 2020

The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) took place in a virtual format and brought together ministers from 30 countries to discuss climate action.

Context

The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) took place in a virtual format and brought together ministers from 30 countries to discuss climate action.

About

  • The Petersberg Climate Dialogue series was launched in 2010, after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, and has been held annually.
  • The event is hosted annually by The Dialogue facilitates open discussions in small groups on key issues in international climate policy. 
  • The Dialogue is intended to "create a space for close and constructive exchanges among ministers" on climate action.

A decisive meeting for climate diplomacy:

  • The Dialogue is of particular importance this year as COP26, originally scheduled for November, has been postponed to an unknown date in 2021 due to the coronavirus.
  • At the summit, the EU was set to announce its intention to raise its current climate target for 2030.

Under the Paris Accord, governments promised to do so every five years, taking into account the latest scientific findings.

Paris Accord:

  • The Paris Agreementis a landmark environmental accord that was adopted by nearly every nation in 2015 to address climate change and its negative impacts.
  • The deal aims to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit the global temperature increase in this century to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, while pursuing means to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees. 
  • However, current commitments are not enough to keep global warming below 2°C.
  • The European Commission has decided to increase the EU’s climate target from the current 40% reduction in emissions to 50 or 55%.
  • However, the German government has not yet agreed on which of the two figures it would support.
  • The Commission is currently conducting a public consultation, looking to propose a new target in September.

Way forward:

Until further notice, the next key date for international commitments on climate change will remain the EU-China Summit, set to take place in Leipzig from 13 to 15 September. If the European Union announces a renewed climate target in time, it could use this opportunity to draw China, the world’s largest emitter, into its wake.

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