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Climate Ambition Summit

Speech by President von der Leyen

At the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 on 12 December, global climate leaders took a major stride towards a resilient, net-zero emissions future, presenting ambitious new commitments, urgent actions and concrete plans to confront the climate crisis. 75 leaders from all continents outlined new commitments, a clear signal that the Paris Agreement is working to steeply increase climate action and ambition.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, gave a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit, talking about renewable energy, hydrogen valleys, sustainable batteries, building renovation, decarbonizing transport and protecting and restoring nature.

The content to be read here is part of the speech given by European Commission President von der Leyen at the Climate Ambition Summit 2020.

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We have already started. From boosting renewable energy, creating hydrogen valleys and producing the most sustainable batteries to launching a wave of building renovation, decarbonizing transport and protecting and restoring our nature. We are serious about getting our economy on a more sustainable path.

But this is not a task for Europe alone. Europe only accounts for less than 10% of global emissions. Climate change is more than a European issue. It is a human issue. And today, there is a global movement for climate action. A movement that counts on powerful nations but also on countless cities, NGOs, people of good will. Europe wants to contribute to the movement and make it grow.


Climate Ambition Summit 2020

The United Nations, United Kingdom and France are proud to be co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, in partnership with Chile and Italy. Bringing leaders together who are ready to make new commitments to tackle climate change and deliver on the Paris Agreement. Climate change will not wait. Action must be taken now, together, for our planet, so we can build back better.

At the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, countries set out new and ambitious commitments under the three pillars of the Paris Agreement: mitigation, adaptation and finance commitments.

These ambitious commitments will take the shape of new Nationally Determined Contributions, Long-Term Strategies setting out a pathway to net zero emissions; climate finance commitments to support the most vulnerable; and ambitious adaptation plans and underlying policies. These commitments will help to build towards a green and resilient recovery from COVID-19. The impacts of climate change are felt across all of society.

We want to work with all those who agree that we must put a price on carbon. We are ready for more ambitious commitments with like-minded countries. We are supporting developing countries, to help them decouple their emissions and their economic growth. Just like we are doing in Europe. 

And it is more than cutting emissions. It is about green finance. It is about restoring biodiversity. It is about a new circular economy that creates jobs and prosperity while preserving nature. Many things have to change so that our planet can remain the same for the next generation. 55% is Europe's contribution on the road to Glasgow. Let us walk this road together!

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