EPA Climate Change lecture: EU leading on actions to address climate change

Date released: Apr 22 2013

The EPA climate change lecture series continues on Tuesday 23rd April with a lecture entitled “European Union leadership on Global Climate Change Policy”. The lecture will be given by Mr Jos Delbeke, Director General of the European Commission’s DG Climate Action.

The lecture will review EU leadership in addressing global climate change.  It will also look at the development of EU policy up to and through Kyoto, the lessons from Copenhagen and what an anticipated new international agreement on climate change in 2015 could deliver in terms of avoiding a 2-6oC warmer world and preventing dangerous and unmanageable climate change impacts.

Laura Burke Director General of the EPA commented

“It is a time of important developments on climate change here in Ireland, in Europe and globally. Jos Delbeke has unique insights on these issues and we are delighted that he has agreed to provide a lecture in the EPA climate change series.  I am sure that it will be a fascinating and unique event.”


Notes to Editor:

Title: European Union leadership on Global Climate Change Policy
Speaker:   Mr Jos Delbeke
Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: The Banking Hall, Westin Hotel, 35-39 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2

Further details on attending the lecture are available on the EPA website.

Jos Delbeke
Mr Jos Delbeke has been Director-General of the European Commission's DG Climate Action since its creation in 2010. Mr Delbeke was central to negotiations on the package on climate change and energy in the EU Council and Parliament. He was also highly involved on its legislation on cars and fuels, the European Emissions Trading Scheme, and legislation on air quality and emissions from big industrial installations.  since its creation in 2010.  Mr Delbeke is a key player in developing Europe's International Climate Change strategy, particularly as Europe prepares to lead on an anticipated new global agreement in Paris in 2015.

EPA's Climate Change lecture series
The EPA's Climate Change lecture series has been running since late 2007, bringing a range of Irish and international speakers to Dublin to update Irish audiences on the science of climate change, and possible responses to it.

Background to Europe’s role in understanding and managing Climate Change
European science has been central to understanding climate change. It was Ireland’s John Tyndall who identified the role of greenhouse gases in climate in the 1800’s.  Bert Bolin, a remarkable scientist from Sweden, led on the formation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988 and in the publication of its first assessment report. 

The first meeting of the UN Framework  Convention on Climate Change under the chair of Mrs Angela Merkle provided the Berlin Mandate which lead to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.  The EU adopted a more ambitious emissions reduction target than other developed countries under Kyoto.  

It was at the Copenhagen meeting in 2009 that the UN first adopted the long held EU view that the world should act to prevent the global average temperature from increasing by more than 2 degree Celsius as part of the Copenhagen Accord.  The EU has provided global leadership in the fight against climate change and would hope to seal a global agreement on climate change to meet this goal in Paris in 2015.

Further information: Niamh Hatchell/ Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie