Report: EU Commission wants to raise climate target

Photo: Heizkraftwerk (via dts news agency)
Photo: Heizkraftwerk (via dts news agency)

Brussels (dts news agency) – The European Commission apparently wants to raise the EU’s climate target for 2030. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will announce in the annual speech on the “State of the European Union” to the European Parliament in the middle of next week that the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 should amount to 55 percent, reports the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Tuesday edition) below Appeal to committee circles. Von der Leyen thus opts for a noticeable tightening.

When she took office, she had promised an increase of between 50 and 55 percent. So far, the EU has promised a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. The new 2030 target is to be incorporated into the European Climate Protection Act, with which the EU undertakes to become climate neutral by 2050.

The European Commission had originally announced that it would provide specific figures for the 2030 target at the end of September after completing a comprehensive review of the consequences. That should now be preferred. According to the FAZ report, von der Leyens’ immediate surroundings did not comment on the goals.

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