Katowice Package step towards effective climate protection - minister at COP24

2018-12-16 15:24 update: 2018-12-19, 18:21
Photo: PAP/Marek Zimny
Photo: PAP/Marek Zimny
The Katowice Package adopted on Saturday during the closing session of the COP24 climate summit in Katowice, southern Poland, brings us closer to effective climate protection, Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk said on Sunday in Katowice.

Kowalczyk called the Package, which implements the 2015 Paris Agreement, a "success," and assured that the world will benefit from its regulations. He added that of great importance to the Package was its consent for countries to decide how they would reduce greenhouse emissions.

"After two weeks of very intense work we have achieved success - the passage of the Katowice Package, which operationally implements the Paris Agreement (...). The world will benefit from this, we will be able to protect the climate effectively. (...) The Katowice Package gives individual countries a choice in how they reduce CO2 emissions," the minister said

Recounting the summit, Kowalczyk said it had been "two weeks of very intense work' involving "perseverance, negotiation skills and the ability to compromise."

Passed late on Saturday, the Katowice Package is an implementation roadmap for the December 12, 2015-adopted Paris Agreement on greenhouse emission mitigation as of 2020. (PAP)