EU foreign ministers have set a collision course with China in a statement calling for the same rules to bind all countries under the Paris climate deal.
In a 9-page statement on climate diplomacy objectives, released at the conclusion of a council meeting on Monday, ministers stressed the need for more action. The window to hold global warming to 2C, the upper temperature limit agreed in Paris, was “fast closing”, they warned.
UN talks this year on implementing the Paris Agreement must create “a universal regime with rules applicable to all”, the statement said.
China and allies are calling for a two-tier rulebook, with less stringent reporting requirements for developing countries. It is one of the key issues for negotiators to thrash out by a December 2018 deadline.