08 Sep European Commission tightens climate targets for 2030
The European Commission is tightening measures to meet the climate neutrality target by 2050. In 10 years, by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by at least 55%. Next week, committee chairman Ursula von der Leyen will officially announce this plan, several sources confirm to the NIS.
A study carried out by the team of European Commissioner Frans Timmermans shows that the European Union as a whole needs to step up its needs. According to the analyses, that could be the case. To date, the goal was to reduce the emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030, but Timmermans said when he took office that he was aiming for a reduction of 50 to 55 percent. The Dutch Vice-President of the European Commission did not immediately want to take that measure, as he wanted to wait for the results of the study.
And it is here now.
The objective will be included in a special climate law. The plans have yet to be approved by the heads of government, who will discuss them at a summit in October. The European Parliament must also approve the tightening.
European leaders agreed at the summit in early July that around 30% of the new budget would be used in the near future for climate-friendly projects and emissions reductions. In particular, a lot of money is available for projects in Central and Eastern European countries.
What the tightening means in practice is not yet known. There have been protests in recent months. For example, the car industry wants to be spared, and sectors such as construction and agriculture do not want the targets to be tightened up.
In the European Parliament in particular, the Greens are calling for even sharper winds. According to the group, emissions must be reduced by 65% in the coming years, otherwise the ‘reduction in global warming’ target cannot be achieved.
At the end of last year, a report by the Planning Bureau for the Environment showed that the Netherlands is not meeting the target with the current policy. According to the planning agency’s calculations, our country can reduce emissions by 43 to 48 percent. What is disappointing is that the price of natural gas fell, while sales of less fuel-efficient cars (SUVs) increased.
Timmermans’ plans will be formally announced next Wednesday. Then President Ursula von der Leyen will hold her State of the Union address, in which the European Commission will announce the plans for the new political year. Because of corona, this is happening this time in Brussels and not in Strasbourg.
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