EU executive foresees further delay to climate target raise

A plan to increase Europe's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target beyond 40% could be delayed until as late as October, a senior European Commission official has said, meaning the EU could go to the crunch COP26 climate talks in Glasgow without a concrete offer to push up global ambition.

“We've been pressured to come up very early with that plan... to deliver it in June because of the China summit and Glasgow,” said Diederik Samsom, head of cabinet for commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, who is charged with overseeing the European Green Deal (EGD) project.

In its December EGD communication, the executive promised an 'impact assessed' analysis of how a 50-55% goal could be met by summer. “But our ambition is to have the best plan possible,” Samson said at a policy forum in Brussels.

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