The EU made a commitment on Friday to cut carbon by 55% in the EU by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, after member states wrangled into the early morning as Poland held out for concessions. “Today’s agreement puts us on a clear path to climate neutrality in 2050,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European commission.
While member states rejected the stiffer carbon cuts of 60% that the EU parliament had called for, the plan puts the EU ahead of most of the world’s major economies on tackling the climate crisis. Campaigners said the EU could have gone further. Sebastian Mang, Greenpeace’s EU policy adviser, said: “Governments will no doubt call it historic, but the evidence shows this deal is only a small improvement on the emissions cuts the EU is already expected to achieve. It shows that political convenience takes precedence over climate science, and that most politicians are still afraid to take on big polluters.”
Published: Dec.11: 2020: https://ec.europa.eu/