The European Parliament voted in favor of raising the greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 to 60%. compared to the emissions from 1990. This is more than proposed by the European Commission, which set a target of 55%.
The resolution, adopted by 392 votes in favor, 161 against and 142 abstentions, is a mandate to negotiate the final shape of the climate law with the Council, i.e. the EU countries.
The European Parliament also wants all member states to become climate neutral by 2050. It also calls for the European Commission to propose a 2040 milestone following an impact assessment to ensure that the EU is on track to meet the 2050 target.
The amendment to the climate law presented by the European Commission in mid-September envisages raising the emission reduction target for 2030 to 55%. compared to 1990. The target set just six years ago was 40% after stormy battles at the EU summit.
Higher ambitions are set to pave the way for the EU to become climate neutral in 2050. The changes are to affect, among others the EU Emissions Trading System, energy efficiency of buildings, renewable energy and CO2 standards for cars. Ultimately, the shape of the law will be decided by the Member States and the EP. (PAP)