EU Top Official Proposes New 2030 Target To Reduce Emissions
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, arrives for a plenary session ahead of her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (AP Photo, Francisco Seco)
The European Union's top official on Wednesday proposed a more ambitious target for cutting greenhouse emissions in Europe, setting a reduction goal of 55% by 2030, significantly higher than the current target of 40%.
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BRUSSELS: The European Union’s top official on Wednesday proposed a more ambitious target for cutting greenhouse emissions in Europe, setting a reduction goal of 55% by 2030, significantly higher than the current target of 40%.
Speaking in the European Parliament, EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said the new target will be too much for some and not enough for others,” but should help the 27-nation bloc achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Our economy and industry can manage this, and they want it, too,” Von der Leyen said as she set out her priorities for the year ahead in her first State of the Union address to EU lawmakers.
EU leaders agreed last year to make the blocs economy carbon neutral by the middle of the century.
Von der Leyen added that she wants 37% of the 750 billion coronavirus recovery fund adopted by EU countries this summer to be spent on environmental objectives, and that 30% of the fund should be raised through green bonds, whose proceeds are meant to have a positive impact on the environment.
The EU also plans to dedicate a quarter of its budget to tackling climate change and to work to shift 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) in investment toward making the EUs economy more environmentally friendly over the next 10 years.
According to the EU, its greenhouse gas emissions already decreased by 23% between 1990 and 2018, with the economy growing by 61% in that period.
World leaders agreed five years ago in Paris to keep global warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, ideally no more than 2.7 F by the end of the century. Scientists say countries will miss both of those goals by a wide margin unless drastic steps are taken to begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
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