President Obama has six months to prove the U.S. is not all talk when it comes to leading on climate change, according to the European Union’s (EU) climate chief.

World leaders said they would pitch their plans to cut emissions by March 2015 in the run-up to the Paris talks later next year.

{mosads}“After his speech … I think it will be very, very tough for the United States of America not to come up with something substantial for 2015,” the EU’s Connie Hedegaard told The Guardian in an interview.

On Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. would “embrace its responsibility” to lead, and that there should be no doubt about the country “stepping up to the plate.”

“It matters a lot what will come out of America in the first quarter of 2015, we should not be mistaken,” Hedegaard said.

She added that emerging economies like India and China will be eyeing the U.S. closely, and won’t act before Obama announces his plan.

“If you were India, if you were China, before you present what you intend to do, you would still be looking at what the U.S., the second largest emitter on planet, and what the EU will be doing,” she said. 

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