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Country breakdown of 30% cut "any time in 2011" - Commission

20 Jul 2011 14:06:03 | edcm

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The European Commission could unveil country-by-country data on the impact of a deeper emission reduction target" at any time during the next six months", a spokeswoman for the climate directorate said this week.

A country-by-country impact assessment is the next step for the European Union to potentially toughen its emissions target to 30% below 1990. But this document has been delayed by Poland, which holds the EU's rotating presidency.

The Commission spokeswoman said Poland declined to put the document showing country-by-country data on the agenda of the information environment council on 1112 July, when it was initially expected to be published.

"As progressing the climate action agenda in Europe is not flagged as a priority of the Polish presidency, the opportunity is being used to do further work relating to member state data," she said in an e-mailed statement. "We will come back to the matter of member state data at any time during the next six months."

The climate action directorate is using the extra time to tie the impact assessment into the Commission's recent budget proposal for 20142020.

The multiannual financial framework within the budget already addresses how climate change action could be financed, both by private and public money.

It sets out that €125bn should be spent per year in 20142020 to mitigate the effects of climate change. Most of this money will be private, but the EU budget can act as a trigger for private investment, particularly in the energy and transport sectors, according to the budget proposal from 1 July.

The framework also sets a target of €50bn to be spent on climate change research and new technologies, funding projects that are not yet commercially viable through financial instruments on debt and equity.

Poland will hold the EU presidency until January next year, when Denmark will take over. It has already blocked any moves to delay supply of EU allowances in phase III through a lone veto in the climate change committee and is pursuing a law suit against new emissions benchmarks.

Poland is unlikely to put climate change on the agenda during its presidency, despite a key UN climate summit starting in November this year.

Denmark has in the past been more supportive of climate change action and could speed up the agenda when it takes over. IS

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