Position of ETUC on the Climate Change negotiations Durban

(22 November 2011) Trade unions are concerned about the impact of Global warming on climate. It leads to an increase in temperatures and changes in weather patterns amongst others which can impact industries, services and regions. Rising global temperatures and especially if these increase in an uncontrollable manner leading to climate chaos can harm nature, bio-diversity and human societies e.g. Mitigation and Adaptation policies are needed and unions are engaged in finding appropriate solutions ([see also the EPSU Climate Change study->art8088]). The ETUC will therefore be present in Durban where the next round of negotiations takes places to come to a global agreement to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees in 2100. Large polluters will have to commit to strong reductions. The [negotiations to reach a global climate deal will start 28 November till 9 December 2011->http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/]. “The ETUC remains firmly committed to the creation of a global, fair, legally binding and ambitious agreement under the UNFCCC, in line with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations of greenhouse gas emissions reduction for developed countries (including the EU) of at least -25 to -40% based on 1990 levels by 2020, and -80 to -95% by 2050 to avoid an increase in global temperature of more than 2°C by 2100, including provisions ensuring a Just Transition” Demanding just transition to be integrated is also a demand the trade unions promote with regard to the European energy roadmaps (the leaked version can be found [here->8099]]. ETUC says Trade unions have long called for a strong social and employment pillar in climate and energy policies. In the Cancun agreement resulting from the COP16 talks, Parties (including the EU): “10. Realize(s) that addressing climate change requires a paradigm shift towards building a low-carbon society that offers substantial opportunities and ensures continued high growth and sustainable development, based on innovative technologies and more sustainable production and consumption and lifestyles, while ensuring a just transition of the workforce that creates decent work and quality jobs;” (Cancun Agreement, I. A shared vision for long-term cooperative action, December 20102). And we want to see further progress now. For the ETUC position EN/FR: