‘The clock is ticking’: Von der Leyen breaks silence on climate ambitions

Ursula von der Leyen, president designate of the European Commission, has said she would propose increasing the EU’s 2030 climate change goals to halve emissions from 1990 levels

Ursula von der Leyen, president designate of the European Commission, has said she would propose increasing the EU’s 2030 climate change goals to cut emissions to 50% below 1990 levels, up from the current target of 40%.

"The clock is ticking," von der Leyen told MEPs from the Socialist and Democrats group on Wednesday morning. “In the first 100 days of my mandate I will announce a climate law to halve our CO2 emissions by 2030. A cut of 40% is not enough,” she is reported as saying during the closed meeting. 

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