European Commission defends focus on 'green growth'

The 'decoupling' of greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth is both possible and an essential part of Europe's climate policy, European Commission officials have said

The 'decoupling' of greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth is both possible and an essential part of Europe's climate policy, officials from the EU executive's economy and environment directorates said in Brussels on Thursday.

“Without decoupling, the drop in GDP that would be necessary to achieve sustainability would be huge,” said Björn Döhring, who heads a unit at the directorate general for economic and financial affairs dealing with situation analysis and forecasting.

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