Following the launch of the World You Like Challenge, Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, was interviewed live on Twitter on Thursday, 14 February 2013.
During a 30 minutes exchange, Adam Vaughan - editor of The Guardian's environment site, directed questions from the public to Connie Hedegaard sparking a great discussion on how we can achieve a low-carbon society.
Have a look at what Connie Hedegaard and Adam Vaughan talked about in the interview’s summary:
Connie Hedegaard: Hi everyone! Looking forward to this live twitter interview.
AV: How hopeful are you for progress on UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) talks following Obama’s climate rhetoric in his SOTU (State of the Union) address?
CH: More hopeful than without Obama´s new line, but we still need to see more US engagement also in international areas.
AV: Is global capitalism and halting climate change an inherent contradiction?
CH: No, it has to go hand in hand: Growth, markets AND the will to respect natural boundaries.
AV: With disagreement on ETS (EU Emissions Trading System) tinkering, how can the EU get agreement on ambitious plans like 30% cut on greenhouse gases?
CH: Backloading ETS is a no-brainer, which Member States and the EP must support before next steps.
AV: Can ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) seal a deal on international aviation this year or wait for UNFCCC 2015?
CH: ICAO has a unique chance now - must be used- the ball is in their court.
AV: What message do you take from the 3rd GLOBE Climate Legislation Study?
CH: That many are doing things which are good – but together we are not doing enough, and that is the problem.
AV: Kyoto unit prices have collapsed but the Commission's response has been very weak. Why?
CH: EU has been pressing internationally for reform – but it requires more global action.
AV: What’s the EC’s role in EU plans to meet the 100bn in climate aid?
CH: EC´s role is to give our share, to encourage MS to give theirs and to find innovative ways to provide the money.
AV: What do you think about radical change on renewable energy policy in Spain?
CH: Economic difficulties, but hope ES continue their strong focus on RES (renewable energy sources). New figures show more RES than fossils in ES.
AV: What are the main lines for spending the recently increased EU's Climate Change budget?
CH: Key feature: 20% of all EU budget must be spent in favour of climate! If all states did the same the world would speed up action and change thinking.
AV: What is Plan B if the backloading proposal isn't approved by Parliament/CCC?
CH: No plan B - to stop an already over-flooded market cannot be THAT difficult .
AV: What world leaders do you admire for their leadership & vision on climate change action?
CH: Ban Ki Moon, Kim World Bank, Lagarde IMF, Gurria OECD - key economic leaders start to get it. That is important!
AV: How about a EU-wide minimum price for carbon (like UK's) to stimulate renewable energy?
CH: That is one of the structural options the EC has put in front of Member States. To be discussed.
AV: How will EU assure timely transition from fossil to renewable energy including heat & efficiency?
CH: Targets, pricing and regulation! And good solutions that can be scaled up. 2030 targets = next battle.
CH: WorldULike = great campaign on positive vision. Also thank you guys for the "dialogue" – looking forward to your WorldUlike and Sustania solutions. Remember to submit your projects here! http://world-you-like.europa.eu/en/success-stories/ …
The interview is the first one in in the scope of the campaign and will be followed by more Q&As before our national events. More info to follow soon on Twitter, Facebook and of course on our campaign website.