EU Commission urged to bring forward new 2030 climate date

Germany’s largest green groups have urged the European Commission to bring forward a decision on increasing the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target to this spring in order to increase the chances of success at this year’s UN climate talks.

In an open letter to commission president Ursula von der Leyen, the groups – which include BUND, Germanwatch, NABU and Deutsche Umwelthilfe – have expressed “deep concern” about the EU executive’s work programme, which sets out an aim to set the new target in the third quarter of the year. 

“This delay endangers the entire UN process for increasing ambition in the run-up to the climate conference in Glasgow and fails to appreciate the urgency of the climate crisis,” they say. 

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