Portugal plots route to meet EU 2050 climate goal

EU presidency proposes emission cuts in transport, housing and power sectors; ministers back technology plan

The Portuguese presidency has unveiled a blueprint for achieving the EU's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by between 60 and 80 per cent by 2050. The plan was issued on Monday as energy ministers discussed an EU plan on low-carbon technologies. It coincided with the opening of the Bali UN climate conference.

Portugal calls for a 40 per cent cut in CO2 emissions from transport. Other proposals include moving towards zero emissions in the housing and power sectors and doubling an EU energy efficiency target (EED 09/03/07). It also wants to increase the share of renewables to one third of total energy use.

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