Liberal Prime Ministers and Ministers as well as national and European representatives are taking part in the 2022 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27).
For two weeks, the liberal leaders will speak and negotiate on key topics for the European and global sustainable future including adaptation, mitigation and resilience as well as gender, finance and innovation.
European liberals have been calling for a more effective response to the challenge of climate change, especially in the current geopolitical context with the war in Ukraine and the post-pandemic recovery. We must find the balance between energy production, economic development and environmental protection.
Our aims are to strengthen international cooperation, increase ambitions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, ensure a fair and just energy transition and protect the environment.
European liberal leaders’ strong presence at #COP27 affirm our commitment to fighting climate change! Our aims:— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) November 12, 2022
🤝 Strengthen international cooperation
🌍 Increase ambition to reach CO2 neutrality by 2050
🧑🤝🧑 Ensure a fair and just green transition
🌳 Protect our environment pic.twitter.com/65I8Is2Ikc
During COP27, European Council President Charles Michel affirmed that the EU’s commitment to climate neutrality remains strong:
“We are and will remain champions of climate action. We are determined to protect nature, the oceans and the forests, which make up our lungs and are guarantors of human life on earth and of biodiversity.”
European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson insisted on the importance of energy.
“Energy has always been central to winning the fight against climate change. The majority of the world's greenhouse gases are created by the production and consumption of energy, so without decarbonising our energy systems, net zero will remain out of reach.”
European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer presented the actions taken by the EIB.
“The EIB is determined to do its part. In 2021, the EIB delivered a record amount of green finance of €27.4 billion globally, more than 50% of our total activity. This includes investment in floating wind farms in Europe, solar energy in Africa, clean transport in Asia and climate adaptation in Latin America. I can already indicate today that we are confident we will reach similar levels of green financing again in 2022, and we will be announcing a number of projects here at COP in the next two weeks.”
Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo warned about the consequences of climate change and of the policies needed to combat it.
“The fight against climate change is a fight for survival. Our physical survival. But also, a fight to keep the social cohesion. Some people feel the consequences of climate change much harder than others. And some people will feel the consequences of climate policy much harder than others. I am thinking of our farmers, of people who rent old apartments, but also about small family businesses. So, it is more important than ever, to get our fight right.”
Taoiseach of Ireland Micheál Martin sent a message of hope.
“When I spoke at COP26 last year I said I did not believe that it is too late; that the transition will be too costly; that it is inevitable that we will leave people behind. I believe it even more so now. It is realistic for our legacy to be a sustainable planet. We in Ireland will do everything in our power to bring it about.”
Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel insisted on the need to work together to save the planet.
“International solidarity is key in the fight against the climate crisis. Our strength lies in cooperation; international solidarity is essential to move forward in our fight against this crisis.”
Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte took responsibility for the current situation.
“1.5 degrees. That was our legitimate ambition in Paris. But 7 years on, we are lagging seriously behind. The action we’ve taken so far has been way too little, way too late. We are far beyond the point of new ambitions and promises. We need to step up, and rapidly deliver on the promises we’ve made. The Netherlands is taking its responsibility. My country will reduce its carbon emissions by 55 to 60 per cent in this decade.”
Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Nils Torvalds MEP took part of the discussions as part of the EU Parliament delegation. During their exchanges they dealt with the issue of climate justice and climate finance.
The 2022 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) is taking place from 6-18 November Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
I have arrived in 🇪🇬 & will be taking part of the #COP27 events this week.— Kadri Simson (@KadriSimson) November 14, 2022
First up, opening of the #EU🇪🇺 #EnergyDay with a great discussion on how to accelerate the green transition to get through the current energy crisis.
Europe needs to respond to the challenges as a team. pic.twitter.com/0W983IXmtD
The world needs #CoP27 to deliver concrete global action.— Renew Europe (@RenewEurope) November 13, 2022
Europe cannot allow another flop this COP!
Our message is clear: #climatechange is not inevitable if we act together and if we act now 🙏
Let's make the green transition a reality! pic.twitter.com/1QdCvFfoE8
In my statement to the #COP27 I underlined the importance of concrete actions and presented some of the measures we have implemented in 🇱🇺 and in 🇪🇺. International solidarity is key in the fight against the climate crisis. Our strength lies in cooperation. pic.twitter.com/bvdyGRzevI— Xavier Bettel (@Xavier_Bettel) November 8, 2022
Today is Finance Day at #COP27. Finance ministers can contribute to tackling climate change through fiscal and budgetary policy and the financial sector. Action is important in all these areas. pic.twitter.com/27UDvh41mC— Sigrid Kaag (@Minister_FIN) November 9, 2022
This generation of leaders cannot say that we didn’t know.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) November 8, 2022
The science is clear.
Every tonne of carbon warms the world.
Every delay makes our task that bit bigger.
Let us not waste a second more. #COP27 pic.twitter.com/N2JUTOY6Mh