November 3, 2014
On October 24, 2014 European Union leaders backed the most-ambitious carbon emissions goals of any major economy, in a bid to crank up pressure on the U.S. and China ahead of climate talks in December, according to a Bloomberg report.
Heads of government from the bloc’s 28 nations endorsed a binding target to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 at a summit in Brussels. Meeting that goal would cost about 38 billion euros ($48 billion) a year, according to EU estimates. The EU is on track to meet its previous goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2020.
“That sends a strong signal to the international community and I hope that the signal is being received today in Washington, in Beijing and other big economies so that they will prepare their ambitions accordingly,” EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said in an interview. “Now investors, businesses, everyone will know that this is where we are headed — these are the targets.”
The agreement on emissions ensures the EU remains the leader in the fight against global warming before the United Nations climate summit in Lima in December where delegates aim to persuade other large polluters to sign up for worldwide accord they aim to clinch in 2015 in Paris.
“Like all good accords, this is a compromise,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters today. “Not all countries are in the same situation, and this agreement is expensive for some countries.”
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The European Union endorsed a binding target to cut GHG’s by at least 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 in a bid to put pressure on the U.S. and China ahead of United Nations climate talks in December.
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