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Tougher EU climate target technically, economically feasible, researchers say
(EurActiv, 24 Aug 2020) A European Union plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 55% below 1990 levels by 2030 is technically and economically possible, researchers said on Monday
The European Commission will next month propose a tougher EU climate goal for 2030, to steer the bloc towards its flagship target of net zero emissions by 2050, down from the nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent it currently emits annually.
The Commission will propose a 50% or a 55% emissions reduction for 2030 – up from an existing 40% goal. It would set the stage for planned EU reforms on tax, energy policy and the carbon market next year.
“Achieving a 55% target is possible,” German-based think tank Agora Energiewende executive director Patrick Graichen told Reuters. “And if it is feasible, why wouldn’t we go for it?”
In analysis published on Monday, Agora Energiewende and the German research centre Öko-Institut lay out how the EU could revamp its climate policies to deliver the goal.
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