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Climate change has a devastating impact on developing countries. Mithika Mwenda leads PACJA, Africa's largest network for climate justice and a strategic partner to Diakonia. Photo: Markus Marcetic

EU climate targets important for developing countries

The European Union (EU) is currently in the process of developing new energy and climate targets up until the year 2030. As climate change has a devastating impact on developing countries, it is important to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses and support those affected by climate change.


If the outcome of the EU process is ambitious targets the upcoming climate change negotiations in Peru in December 2014 will be given a crucial push where more countries can be expected to commit to ambitious targets. Diakonia is part of the network Aprodev, through which a background paper on climate change and development has been developed.

Some main points in the paper:

Climate change has a devastating impact on developing countries.

The European Commission proposed a new framework position on climate and energy for the EU with the time horizon 2030 in a White Paper published on 22 January 2014. In March, the Council is expected to adopt a position on it.

The current ambition the Commission suggests in its White Paper is way too low. The objectives proposed are neither likely to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees nor to avoid dangerous climate change.

APRODEV’s key asks for the EU are to adopt 3 binding 2030 climate and energy objectives in the first half of 2014:

  • at least 55% greenhouse gas emission reduction (compared to 1990)
  • at least 45% renewables as part of energy consumption
  • at least 40% additional energy savings (compared to 2005)

The adoption of three robust objectives on greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewables and energy efficiency is also likely to boost competitiveness and jobs in Europe

In addition, it is part of the EU’s responsibility and fair global effort sharing to provide additional increased climate finance to developing countries.

Download the APRODEV document