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Monday, 10 March 2014

Commission finds 'right balance' with EU climate targets

By supporting the 40 per cent emissions reduction target, parliament has given a 'clear signal' to EU governments, explains Connie Hedegaard.
When leading economist Jeffrey Sachs gives three cheers for the new EU climate and energy policy for 2030, there are reasons for us to be proud. Or, when in Davos, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the "ambitious proposals are the standard to follow''; World Bank president Jim Yong Kim praised Europe's "climate leadership and ambition'', there are reasons for us to believe that not only have we moved first, but we have also moved with ambition.
And when some environmental groups label our proposals "unambitious'', while some industry sectors call them "too ambitious'', one could think that we have found the right balance.
The European commission outlined its proposals for climate and energy policies up to 2030 very recently. These include a binding emissions reduction target of 40 per cent from 1990 levels and an EU-wide binding target of at least 27 per cent of energy coming from renewable sources. And on energy efficiency, the energy commissioner G√ľnther Oettinger will first review the current legislation before proposing the next steps. But they will come.
Overall, these proposals seemed to have had a timid reception here in Europe compared to the more positive comments coming from international leaders. But these give us reasons to believe that the real ambition of our proposals and what they mean to the fight against climate change have been recognised.

Source: TheParliament.com