European Leaders Agree to Cut Emissions 40 Percent by 2030
The European Union, already on target to meet its 20% cut in green house gas emissions by 2020, agreed Friday to further reduce emissions by at least 40%, compared to 1990 levels, by 2030. The agreement, discussed in an article by the New York Times, puts the EU ahead of the rest of the world in setting forth targets before the next important United Nations climate meeting scheduled to take place in Paris in December 2015. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, called it the “World’s most ambitious, cost-effective” climate policy agreed upon. After the failure to reach an agreement in Copenhagen in 2009, hopes are high in Europe that a global agreement can be reached next year. The 28 countries of the EU also agreed to set a target of generating at least 27% of their energy from renewable sources.
By James Kanter, EU Correspondent for The International New York Times
BRUSSELS — The 28 leaders of the European Union agreed early on Friday on targets for protecting the climate and generating greener power despite deep divisions among their nations over how to produce energy.
The main target that won approval was a pledge to slash emissions by at least 40 percent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030.
The new target “will ensure that Europe will be an important player, will be an important party, in future binding commitments of an international climate agreement,” Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said at an early-morning news conference.
The accord makes the European Union the first major global emitter to put its position on the table ahead of an important United Nations climate meeting in Paris at the end of 2015.
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