5 July 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General, Welcoming European Parliament Vote, Calls Efficient Carbon

Markets Key to Cost-effective Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes that the European Parliament has supported the European Commissionís proposal to backload permits from the European Unionís carbon market.

The vote sends a clear signal that the European Union remains committed to carbon pricing. †The Secretary-General hopes that more structural reforms will now follow in order to strengthen the European Unionís carbon market as a driver for innovation and energy-efficient solutions.

The European Unionís carbon market is inspiring the development of carbon markets in several parts of the world, such as China, Australia, Republic of Korea and California.† Europe must continue its fight against climate change.† An effective and well-functioning carbon market is a key tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively.

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