EU Commission floats zero emissions by 2050

The European Commission's eagerly awaited plan to slash greenhouse gas output by mid-century sets out eight scenarios, ranging from an 80% cut to a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050

The European Commission's eagerly awaited plan to slash greenhouse gas output by mid-century sets out eight scenarios, ranging from an 80% cut, as agreed by EU leaders even before the Paris Agreement, to a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Five of the eight pathways outline different strategies to cut emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels, which the EU executive assumes would equate to an 85% net reduction when the potential for land use and forestry as a carbon sink is factored in.

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