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Thursday, 15 March 2012

EP to endorse the Commission´s low carbon Roadmap

The European Parliament (EP) is expected this week to endorse the Commission's low carbon 'Roadmap' by a large majority. The document provides a policy framework for the EU to achieve an 80-95% reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2050.
Its formal endorsement by EU governments was blocked at the Environment Council by Poland last week, which argued against the setting of interim targets or milestones, although the overwhelming majority have signalled their support. Cross-party support from MEPs will be welcomed by the Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, who will argue that it strengthens her authority to bring forward practical proposals for achieving the objective.
Rapporteur Chris Davies, , argues that the EU needs to adopt  a clear strategy in order to promote industrial investment. “Climate change is not currently top of the political agenda but a long term approach is needed to combat it.  The more we do now the easier it will be in the future."Europe cannot solve the world's problems by itself but changes are inevitable.  Either we take a lead in promoting a low carbon economy or we will get left behind," he said.

Source: ALDE