After president Trump pull out of the Paris accord, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top officials from the European Union are ready to set their commitment to the landmark climate change today.
Climate issues are set to dominate discussions between Li, who is heading a large delegation of ministers to Brussels, and EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Speaking to European business leaders alongside Li, Juncker said EU-China ties are supported by “a rules-based international system.”
He said that Brussels and Beijing believe in “the full implementation, without any differences in the Paris climate agreement,” and underlined that there will not be a relapse on the pact.
At the short summit between the EU and China — two of the world’s major polluters — are set to issue a statement establishing their position on global warming following Trump’s announcement on Thursday.
According to a statement, they will indicate their determination “to move ahead with further policies and measures for effective implementation of their respective nationally determined contributions.”
They also stated that all parties will be called to uphold the Paris agreement and also to strengthen efforts over time, in line with the purpose and provisions of the agreement.
European heavyweights France, Germany and Italy stated on Thursday separately that they regretted the United States’ decision to withdraw from the accord, while affirming their “strongest commitment” to implement its measures. They also encouraged “all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change.”
While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, “since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics.”
Germany’s environment minister underscored that Friday, saying “there will be no new deal with the United States” on climate change.
Barbara Hendricks told reporters in Berlin that other countries will fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States but none will be expected to make up the shortfall in emissions reductions caused by Washington’s exit.
She added that the global climate would “survive” Trump’s maximum presidential term of eight years.
Hendricks noted that the absence of $500 million contributions from the United States to the Green Climate Fund will be felt from 2018, but said it might be possible to fill the gap with “other financing mechanisms, for example through the World Bank.”