EU thumbs up for climate deal
Paris Agreement to come into force next month following Parliament OK
The EU Parliament has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change by the European Union.
The vote will allow the legally binding global climate deal will come into force next month, the Parliament said.
Its members approved the agreement by 610 votes to 38, with 31 abstentions.
Environment ministers ratified the deal last week.
The Paris Agreement committed the world to trying to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The pact was set to enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries representing 55% or more of global GHG emissions have ratified it, conditions which are now met.
EU member states will deposit their ratification instruments in the UN headquarters by 7 October, according to the Parliament.
“Our vote paves the way to ensure that the agreement meets the necessary threshold,” European Parliament president Martin Schulz said.
“The entry into force of the Paris agreement less than one year after its signature is a massive achievement, given that it took eight years for the Kyoto protocol,” he said. “Today’s vote also means that the EU remains a climate leader.”
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