European Commission wants 2030 GHG targets increased

The European Commission has proposed to increase the bloc’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to “at least 55%.” 

The European Parliament’s environment committee has endorsed an even higher target of 60% reduction.

In October, the full plenary will vote. 

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Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) said in a statement that environmental organisations are calling for a higher target to meet the Paris climate agreement goals.

“While the EU is on track to overshoot its current target of reducing emissions by 40%, raising it to “at least 55 percent” would require significant additional efforts by the member states …Certain eastern European countries, which rely on traditional polluting industries and face a hard time dealing with the economic and social transition necessary in order to become climate neutral, have been especially sceptical,” said CLEW.

The Nordic countries are pushing for the more ambitious targets. Finland said it is actively promoting to raise the target to “at least 55%”, as did Denmark and Sweden.

However, the environment ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia had called on the European Commission to have a “realistic” assessment of the impact of a higher target.

On 4 March 2020, the Commission proposed the European Climate Law, which would make the goal of the bloc’s climate neutrality by 2050 legally binding. 

Another element of the law will be a more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target by the year 2030 for the Union as a whole. This would be Europe’s contribution to global efforts to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement