The European Commission on Tuesday issued a draft resolution calling on the United States to take concrete steps to curb its carbon emissions and tackle climate change, in a move that could spur a new round of international talks on the issue.
The draft resolution, obtained by The Washington Post and the BBC, comes as the United Nations talks to address the issue of climate change come to an end and more than 40 countries have pledged to reduce emissions.
The European Commission, which represents the 28-nation bloc, said that the resolution “does not seek to replace the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and is a necessary step for the European Union to fulfill its commitment.”
The resolution calls on the Trump administration to “develop a plan for a global emissions reduction treaty, to implement the binding Paris Agreement, to reduce carbon intensity in the global economy, and to implement its obligations under the Montreal Protocol.”
It calls on “the United States and the European Commission to take the necessary steps to meet its climate commitments in the context of the Paris Agreement.”
The draft is expected to be presented to the European Parliament, where it will likely be voted on and adopted by a two-thirds majority.
“This is a clear signal to the United Kingdom and other members of the bloc that we are serious about meeting our commitments under the Paris agreement,” a spokesman for Britain’s Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, told The Post.
The UK is the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United Arab Emirates, according to the World Resources Institute, a U.K.-based think tank.
The United States is the biggest emitter with more than 6% of the global emissions.