The European Chamber presses for Europe to reduce its emissions by 60% in 2030

The European Chamber presses for Europe to reduce its emissions by 60% in 2030

The European Parliament wants the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union by 2030 to be 60%, compared to the 55% proposed by the Commission

The European Chamber presses for Europe to reduce its emissions by 60% in 2030

The European Union has made the fight against climate change one of its political priorities, but the European Parliament calls for more ambition. The European Parliament asks to increase the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 60% in 2030, five points above what the European Commission proposed.

There is a progressive majority in the European Parliament, a majority in favor of climate ambition, ” the president of the Environment Committee, Frenchman Pascal Canfin , said after the announcement of the results. The motion, an amendment to the European Climate Law, has gone ahead with the support of the socialist, liberal, green and left groups and the rejection of the popular Europeans, the political family of the president of the Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, who has made environmental policy his banner.

The objective is actually a compromise, since groups such as ecologists or the unitary left asked for much more ambitious goals, of between 65 and 75%, still aware that there was no majority to support them. The popular, including the Spanish, have opposed the motion because they consider the motion “too ambitious” and question its impact on the economy, but they will abstain from voting on the text so as not to obstruct the process. “Which gives an idea of the political state of the matter,” Canfin noted.

European Climate Law

The vote is part of the position that the European Parliament will officially take on Thursday with a view to negotiating the European Climate Law. This legislation, one of the fundamental milestones of the von der Leyen Climate Agreement, aims to establish a legal framework that makes the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 binding. The objective of reducing emissions compared to 1990 in 2030 was 40% and the update, for which the Commission proposes a 55% reduction, responds precisely to the need to accelerate the process of ecological transition, if the EU wants achieve climate neutrality on time.

“I know that this proposal goes too far for some and not enough for others. But the goal is ambitious: we propose to reduce our emissions over the next decade as much as we have achieved during the last quarter of a century,” said the executive vice president of the Commission in charge of climate policies, Frans Timmermans, during an intervention before the European Parliament on Tuesday.

More ambition than in the Commission

The position of MEPs to opt for a more ambitious goal than that of the European Commission itself is none other than trying to guarantee a minimum agreement of around 55% in talks with member states, which will not be easy . In its proposal, which is still pending approval, the European Parliament goes a step further and defends that the objective should not be European, but that each member state must individually achieve climate neutrality . This is something that even the Commission does not consider feasible, given the reluctance of countries dependent on fossil fuels like Poland, and insists that this is a common goal. “It is a national goal, realized in Europe to inspire the world to follow our example,” said Timmermans.

The fight against climate change is a priority under the von der Leyen executive, but also one of the most divisive issues in the European Council, where the leaders of the member states sit. T he next week, during the October summit, the 27 will address advances in climate policy , including the debate about increasing the emission reduction target for 2030, and it seems unlikely that they will be able to reach an agreement.

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