COP26: Gewessler will lead negotiations on emissions trading


It will take part in the negotiations on the market mechanisms for emissions trading for the EU, as it announced in a briefing on Tuesday. She rated the progress of the UN climate conference so far as positive that the major emitters India and China announced their contributions: “This is good news, but we cannot stop at announcements”.

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The pull of COP26 has led India to announce that it will become climate neutral by 2070, or that China has improved its climate target. All in all, after initial talks, she identified “a lot of will to leave with a useful result,” and the minister announced that she would work to achieve this. But even if this will is there, it should be remembered “that not every agreement has to be a good agreement”.

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Her subject area is particularly important to her, because “there is potential leverage in climate protection.” But only if no double counting of emissions is possible and no certificates from the Kyoto period are permitted, “said the minister, as the” good agreement “was defined here. Looking back, the first week at the technical level produced good and constructive negotiations, but there was also no result on the second main point mentioned by Gewessler, the joint reporting obligation, so that this now has to be found at the political level. that all signatory states to the Paris Agreement report in the same format on the progress made in achieving their climate goals.

“Different perspectives” on questions of financing

According to Gewessler, there are also “very different perspectives” on the question of financing climate change adaptations, in particular on the “Share of Proceeds”. This is only one of the sub-points of the much contested Article 6 of the “Rulebook”, which should finally be completed at the UN climate summit after the failure of countries like Brazil to block the COP25. According to information from Gewessler, the “basic set-up” is similar this year, but it is now two years ahead and both the pressure for a solution is higher and the knowledge about the effects of the climate crisis has increased. Now it is important to make progress on climate protection, “without hesitation or hesitation”.

On the other hand, the answer to the question about Austria’s lack of signature on the “Global Methane Pledge” remained diplomatic. The climate protection ministry would have signed here, but this did not come about at government level. However, one is already there with the signature of the EU, and “we are all the EU”, so we will get involved at the European level, it was said about the planned methane reduction of 30 percent by 2030. EU countries such as France and Germany are open in the list of around 80 states.

The Green MEP Thomas Waitz, who sees the forces of the Chamber of Agriculture and the mineral oil company OMV, suspected other reasons for the lack of signature. The latter company is probably also the reason for Austria’s lack of another initiative: The promise made by 20 countries to get out of the financing of fossil fuels abroad – that is hardly what OMV with its projects in Algeria was interested in, Waitz told the APA .


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