Sixteen heads of government have called on the European Commission ahead of the UN COP24 talks next month for decisive action to tackle “an impending global climate crisis” , but it was left to campaigners to put concrete figures to their demands.
The EU executive is due to unveil on Wednesday its long term decarbonisation strategy, a draft plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, possibly to net-zero.
Current measures outlined in national pledges under the Paris Agreement are “insufficient” to meet the long-term goals to limit climate change to well below 2°C, the government leaders said. “More has to be done – and action needs to be quick, decisive and joint,” they stated.
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