Environment Minister urges EU to ‘hold fast’ to ambitious negotiating position.

The EU must ‘hold fast’ to high climate change ambition ahead of crucial global treaty talks in Paris, Scotland’s Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has urged.

World leaders will gather in the French capital in December to negotiate a new international treaty aimed at limiting global warming.

Dr McLeod is in Brussels today where Environment Ministers from across Europe are meeting to try to agree the EU’s collective negotiating position.

She said:

“Climate change affects us all, and an ambitious, legally binding international agreement in Paris is vital if we are to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

“This requires Europe’s negotiating position to reflect the highest possible ambition and I urge the EU to hold fast to that principle in today’s Environment Council discussions.

“Scotland is now three quarters of the way to achieving our world-leading 42 per cent emissions reduction target, and our move to a low carbon economy is delivering jobs, investment and economic growth.

“We have an excellent story to tell, and the First Minister this week has written to the Prime Minister to highlight Scotland’s leadership in tackling climate change and our continued support for UK and EU efforts to achieve a positive outcome in Paris.”