MEPs back 55% 2030 climate target

The EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target should be increased from 40% to 55%, MEP agreed on Wednesday, a day after environment ministers were criticised for failing to commit to tougher action

The EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target should be increased from 40% to 55%, MEP agreed on Wednesday, a day after environment ministers were criticised for failing to commit to tougher climate action.

The European Parliament environment committee (ENVI) on Wednesday agreed by 29 votes to 19 on a motion for a resolution calling for the EU to increase its nationally determined contribution (NDC) towards the Paris goals.

The resolution on December’s COP24 meeting in Katowice noted that current commitments “would limit global warming only to a temperature rise of about 3.2°C and would not even come close to 2°C”. It called on all parties to update their NDCs by 2020 to close the gap on the Paris objectives.

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