Leak prompts doubts over climate ambition of new EU executive

Campaigners have expressed concern over the incoming European Commission’s apparent lack of urgency to accelerate cuts to EU greenhouse gas emissions, after a leaked outline of the forthcoming European Green Deal suggested a new 2030 target may not be proposed until late next year.

The document, seen by ENDS, indicates that president-elect Ursula von der Leyen plans to honour her pre-election pledge to propose a 10-15 percentage point increase of the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels, but sets a deadline of October 2020.

“The Commission’s reluctance to propose a new, much higher target early next year shows its failure to recognise the urgency of the climate crisis,” said Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.

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