Leak suggests European Green Deal remains a work in progress

As we wrap up the week before the COP25 climate summit in Madrid on Monday – a week in which the European Parliament followed at least one influential EU member state in declaring a climate emergency – let's take a quick look at the leaked (on Thursday) sketch of the European Green Deal, apparently a note (undated) from the Commission to EU diplomats.

The Commission will propose enshrining the 2050 climate neutrality objective in law, by March next year and present a 'comprehensive plan' to increase the current target of a 40% emissions cut by 2030 to 'at least' 50% and 'towards' 55% by October.

'The Commission will [something] the energy efficiency and renewable energy Directives by [some time]', reads the leaked document. – this is clearly a work in progress. It also suggests there could be changes on industrial strategy and new plans on circular economy by March, and ecodesign some time next year.

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