EU-SUMMIT-CLIMATE: EU leaders aim for agreement on climate targets in December
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries on Thursday came closer to agreeing on a new climate change target but postponed finalizing a compromise on reducing their gas emissions to December. greenhouse effect.
The leaders of the Twenty-Seven meeting in Brussels discussed for the first time a modification of the current EU target of reducing the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
For the European Commission, the EU must achieve by 2030 a reduction of at least 55% of its emissions compared to their 1990 levels if it is to achieve the objective of a net zero emission level of greenhouse gases by 2050. All countries subscribe to this objective except Poland, which is particularly dependent on coal.
Heads of state and government did not set a specific target for 2030 on Thursday but agreed to “come back to the issue” in December with the aim of finalizing an agreement by the end of the year.
The EU takes decisions unanimously on this matter. Once the member states reach a common position on a target for 2030, they will have to reach an agreement with the European Parliament, which for its part wants a 60% reduction in emissions.
European leaders have decided to postpone an agreement until December in order to have additional information on the consequences for each country of the target that will be set. Poland calls for such an analysis.
They also confirmed that the goal for 2030 would be achieved “collectively”, which could convince the Czech Republic, which says it is not opposed to a 55% reduction at European level but not being able to achieve it. herself.
About half of the 27 EU countries, notably France, Germany or Spain, say they support a target of “at least 55%”.
(Kate Abnett, Francesco Guarascio; French version Camille Raynaud, edited by Bertrand Boucey)