EU Commission pressured on climate action

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”

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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