Cooking Books on Climate Change Not an Option - Lynn Boylan MEP
Major UN Climate Conference, COP24 continues in Katowice, Poland, with constant postponements of an announcement of agreement on the rules in place behind the Paris Agreement.
Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan is attending as part of the European Union delegation. During the week, the European Parliament delegation, while not directly part of the negotiations, has pushed in bilateral meetings for stronger ambition and a strong rulebook on implementing the Paris Agreement.
Speaking from Poland, Ms Boylan said;
"An announcement on the final COP24 agreement was expected on Friday night but is now delayed and could possibly roll over into Sunday morning.
"COP24 is about putting meat on the bones of the aspirations of the Paris Agreement. It is vital that a strong framework is put in place to implement the objectives of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius but preferably below 1.5.
"It is unfortunate to hear that one of the key sticking points is Brazil's insistence on allowing carbon emission reductions to be counted twice, first in the country reducing the emissions and second in the country buying the carbon credits.
"This is deeply worrying because the accurate accounting of carbon reduction is critical if we are to take the necessary measures to tackle climate change, as set out in the IPCC 2019 Report. Carbon Emission Counting is not like an elaborate tax scheme. You cannot simply cook the books on science.
"The rumour circulating at the conference is that the issue is causing such a blockage on a final agreement, that it may get pushed back to next years COP25. This is completely unacceptable, we cannot afford to lose another year.
"The IPCC Report has clearly said we have 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change.
"The public are clearly ahead of the politicians on this matter. We need our leaders to lead when it comes to climate change. We don't have time to waste."