On Wednesday 26th September, partners of the Coalition for Higher Ambition met in Brussels to discuss relevant updates in the energy field, and possible future joint actions.
The first topic in the agenda was the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The scientific report addresses both the impacts and the foreseen greenhouse gas emissions of 1.5° temperature increase and will be available to the public on October 8th. The study, written under the scientific leadership of IPCC working groups, is expected to call for a higher level of ambitions when discussing climate targets, also in association with the ongoing debate at European level. Starting from the report, the discussion then moved to the EU long-term strategy for 2050. Several organizations attending the meeting showed their willingness to submit their vision and comments in the public consultation launched by the Commission this summer. However, no joint action is planned at this stage.
Finally, during the meeting was also presented a joint letter from the Coalition, that Solar Heat Europe co-signed. The letter addresses EU ministers ahead of the next environmental council (planned for October 9th) and calls for policy-makers to raise the European determination in tackling climate issues.
Furthermore, the Coalition asked to acknowledge the inadequacy of current national determined contributions (NDCs) during the upcoming COP24 in Katowice: these targets should be increased before 2020 to keep Europe in line with the long-term objectives of COP21.