Delegates and ministers from up to 190 countries are in Warsaw for the three-day ‘Pre-COP’ meeting, which began Wednesday, to discuss how business can effectively engage in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve cooperation between industry and negotiators.
“We are facing three days of intensive talks,” says Marcin Korolec, Poland’s Minister of the Environment, as the country prepares to host the UN Conference on Climate Change, which begins in the Polish capital on 11 November.
“We will be collecting opinions and ideas from individual delegations on their expectations on a future climate agreement. We need to consider, among other matters, the expected duration of a new agreement [on cutting carbon emissions] and how to ensure that the agreement can be ratified by all 194 national members of the Climate Convention,” the minister added.
Reuters is reporting, however, that the EU is split on future commitments to cutting emissions, with Poland leading the argument against too deep a cut, which would harm its economy, which is heavily reliant on coal as an energy source.