Denmark and 11 other countries call for bigger climate ambitions in the EU
Along with 11 other EU member countries, Denmark is calling for increased greenhouse gas reduction targets from 40 per cent to over 50 per cent. The target should be met by 2030, urge the 12 countries.
Denmark and 11 other countries are calling for swift action in the EU if the UN Annual Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November is to bear fruit. The EU should raise its greenhouse gas reduction target in 2030 from 40 per cent to around 50-55 per cent. The plan to reach this target should be presented by June 2020 at the latest for the EU to take leadership on ratifying ambitious climate goals that will urge other countries to intensify their actions during international events in 2020, the 12 member countries stress.
The call for action was presented as a letter to the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who is in charge of leading the Commission’s work on the European Green Deal and the European Climate Law.
“The EU has both the ability and the potential to set a good example and help create a wave of global climate momentum, but it requires the decision to raise the 2030 target to be taken with timely care. The sooner we have a solid foundation for making the decision, the better. That is why we urge the European Commission to present their plan for a higher target as soon as possible,” said Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen in a press release (in Danish).
The following 12 countries have signed the letter: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
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