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US News The United States will unveil its new climate target for the Paris agreement by April 22

00:30  11 march  2021
00:30  11 march  2021 Source:   parismatch.com

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The American envoy for the climate John Kerry has announced that the United States will unveil its new commitment to reduce greenhouse gases greenhouse before the international climate summit hosted by Washington on April 22.

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New Democratic President Joe Biden has announced the organization by the United States of an environmental summit on April 22, Earth Day. His Republican predecessor Donald Trump had withdrawn the United States from the agreement, but Joe Biden returned to it a few hours after taking office in January.

In 2016, it was John Kerry himself who formally signed the agreement on behalf of the United States, as Barack Obama's chief diplomat. The Paris agreement leaves signatory states free to set their carbon emission reduction targets themselves, but it requires them to regularly review their roadmap, in order to contribute to the collective objective: to limit global warming to + 2 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era.

Under Donald Trump's mandate, the world's largest economy had given up on formulating objectives. The upcoming announcement of the Biden administration is therefore eagerly awaited, the United States being the second largest emitter of CO2 after China. It is all the more so since the UN sounded the alarm at the end of February, indicating that only 75 countries (including EU members) out of the 200 or so signatories to the agreement had submitted their commitments. revised before December 31, 2020. "The most important emitters must present much more ambitious emission reduction targets for 2030 in their national contributions well before the Glasgow climate conference (COP26) in November", then declared the secretary general of the UN, Antonio Guterres.

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"It's not just about China"

Asked moreover about China's climate commitments, deemed insufficient by some, John Kerry refrained from criticizing the world's leading polluter, who pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. "It's not just about China. We are not trying to point the finger at a nation, we are saying that all countries that emit greenhouse gases must be more ambitious "to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. "No country alone can tell the difference. Even if China were zero emissions tomorrow, we would still have a problem," the former secretary of state added. "It's a challenge for all of us," he insisted. "We will work, I hope, with Russia, India, China, countries with which we have differences on subjects" other than the climate.

Bruno Le Maire also judged for his part that it was "important not to blame this or that country". "What is important is for each of us to be as efficient as possible".

The French minister announced the establishment of two joint working groups with the United States, one on taxonomy on green finance, with the aim of "harmonizing the rules" on both sides the Atlantic, the other on the European border carbon tax project, to interest Washington in the discussions.

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