Why new coal in Turkey and the Balkans will test China’s and EU’s climate leadership

June 19, 2018 by Emily Jackson

(Source: EURACTIV) The EU and China have to live up to their responsibilities on climate change and use every opportunity to support the Western Balkans and Turkey to move beyond coal. This means renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, not new coal, argue Elif Gündüzyeli and Igor Kalaba.

Elif Gündüzyeli is Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator for Turkey at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. Igor Kalaba is Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe at Can Europe.

Canada, China and the EU are the co-conveners of the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action (“MoCA”), of which the first meeting took place in Canada in September 2017. The Second Ministerial on Climate Action takes place in Brussels on 20-21 June 2018.

The three countries are working together to join forces with a view to strengthening global action in the fight against climate change and galvanising global momentum for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Here are four reasons why people of the Western Balkans and Turkey will be looking to see just how serious China and the EU are about global action in fighting climate change.. Read full article

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