Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Mme Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, welcome the adoption in Berlin on 12 April of the third volume of the IPCC assessment report devoted to policies to reduce climate change.
Given the acceleration in greenhouse gas emissions, the report confirms the need to act without delay and go further than the policies already under way, as France will do with the future estimates act on the energy transition. It describes the various options for enabling global warming to be limited to a maximum of 2ºC in order to contain the effects of climate disruption.
Combating climate change is an opportunity: with due regard for each country’s own choices, the report highlights the possible benefits to our economies of low-carbon policies, for example regarding transport, town planning and buildings’ energy efficiency. It draws attention to the role played by the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity and sustainable forest management in the fight against climate change.
The work of the IPCC and its members’ appeal for international cooperation mark essential progress on preparing the climate agreement which the international community is due to adopt in Paris in December 2015. France is totally mobilized for an ambitious agreement to be concluded on that occasion. It is also determined to contribute to the adoption by the European Union of a set of robust energy-climate standards by 2030, with a 40 % reduction in our emissions compared to 1990 [levels]./.