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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Commission plans climate targets for 2030, 2050

The European Commission has started working on climate targets above and beyond 2020, arguing that they will be instrumental in fending off competition from leading clean-tech industries in China and elsewhere, according to EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. Hedegaard said she is working with her colleagues in the European Commission's energy and transport departments to define climate targets for 2030. The targets would be included in a 2050 roadmap for a low-carbon economy, which the Commission will set out in spring 2011, the commissioner told business leaders at the European Policy Centre (EPC) yesterday (14 September). The EU currently has an objective of slashing greenhouse-gas emissions and boosting renewable energies by 20% by 2020. But the issue of emissions reduction and renewable energy targets are likely to reopen a Pandora's box that could require tough negotiations among reluctant EU member states. Agreeing on a package of legislation to meet the EU's 2020 targets was a matter of fierce internal argument among EU countries until a compromise was finally struck in December 2008. The Parliament sealed the deal with only mixed enthusiasm.

Source: Euractiv

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