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The US exits Paris – Can the EU drive international climate action?

Paris agreement / DISCUSSION PAPER
Romain Pardo

Date: 12/07/2017

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement will make its implementation more challenging. The United States (US) had been instrumental in brokering a successful deal in Paris and speeding up the ratification process for an early entry into force of the agreement. But far from bringing international climate action to a standstill, the US government’s position has, on the contrary, prompted decision-makers around the world to reaffirm their commitment to the implementation of the Paris agreement. This provides fertile ground for the European Union (EU) to play a leading role in the long process to turn the commitments made in Paris into concrete actions. To do so, the EU must:

  • deepen existing partnerships and seek new ones;
  • ensure that big emitters actively pursue policies aimed at lowering emissions;
  • increase its support to developing countries including those that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change;
  • reach out to subnational actors in the US (who do not all agree with federal climate policies) to stimulate climate mitigation actions in the US.

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