Von der Leyen floats 55% emissions cut by 2030

Ursula von der Leyen, president designate of the European Commission, has proposed halving the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, while suggesting 55% could be possible

Ursula von der Leyen, president designate of the European Commission, has proposed halving the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, with the possibility of increasing the goal to 55%.

In a response to the environmental demands of the Socialist group in exchange for its backing, von der Leyen committed to proposing a new EU climate directive within her first 100 days in office, along with an EU carbon border tax, an extension of the emissions trading system and including a sustainability chapter in new trade deals.

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