France’s position in the international negotiations on climate change
France is fully invested in the success of the process that must lead us to a comprehensive, ambitious agreement in Copenhagen to combat climate change. For France, Copenhagen represents an opportunity to define—for all countries, and on the basis of an equitable sharing of efforts and new forms of international organization—the rules for instituting truly sustainable economic and social development that take environmental constraints such as greenhouse gas emissions and the exhaustion of resources into account.
France’s commitment to success in Copenhagen is inextricably tied to that of the European Union, which is negotiating with a single voice in the framework of the UNFCCC and developing its positions in this framework during the European Council. With the "energy climate" package, the EU has proven its ability to establish policies and measurements making it possible to achieve the ambitious objectives it is set for itself with respect to climate change (20% fewer emissions in 2020 than in 1990, with the possibility of 30% fewer in the event of a satisfactory agreement).
For France within the EU, the Copenhagen agreement must first and foremost strive for the global objective of limiting warming to less than 2