EU’s role in the world: how can EU climate diplomacy stimulate greater ambition?

Date Published 2023, May 25

Authors M.J. Mace, Felipe Ossess and Tenzin Wangmo

This paper discusses EU climate leadership and ambition and explores avenues for the EU to promote greater climate action inside and out of the UNFCCC process.

The EU and its member states could stimulate greater global ambition through international engagement and diplomacy, including by using the UNFCCC process and the annual cycle of high level meetings that influence climate COPs outcomes for ambitious messaging; accelerating action under other multilateral treaty processes that impact greenhouse gas emissions; setting EU standards to drive financial flows inside and outside EU borders to Paris-aligned activities; supporting initiatives and partnerships that drive action in sectors that are not yet Paris-aligned; partnering with individual developing countries to provide direct technical and financial support for enhanced mitigation and adaptation ambition; supporting programmatic approaches that assist high-emitting countries and vulnerable countries in fulfilling their own just transition plans; and supporting accountability tools.


This publication was produced as a deliverable under the project 4i-TRACTION – innovation, investment, infrastructure and sector integration: TRAnsformative policies for a ClimaTe-neutral European UnION. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101003884.