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EU lawmakers debate 65% climate target proposal

(EurActiv, 29 May 2020) The European Parliament’s environment committee discussed for the first time on Thursday (28 May) a proposal by Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland to set an EU-wide CO2 reduction target of 65% by 2030. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Speaking by video conference, the Swedish MEP presented her report on the EU’s updated climate change target for 2030.

“We need to start now and move faster than the Commission’s proposal” which aims for a 50-55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Guteland told her colleagues.

The Swedish MEP referred to the UN’s emissions gap report for 2019 published in November, which highlighted the need to cut global emissions by 7.6% annually in order to meet the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Agreement.

For the EU, this would mean a 65% reduction in CO2 by 2030.

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EurActiv, 29 May 2020: EU lawmakers debate 65% climate target proposal