Europe builds the case for a 30% CO2 reduction

There are powerful arguments for the EU setting itself a tougher target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions than the current 20% by 2020, argues climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard

The European Commission is about to make the case for strengthening the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions cut target, arguing that the recession has offered the opportunity to go further and faster.

A communication is expected early in June, setting out why and how the EU should adopt a target to cut its emissions by 30% between 1990 and 2020 rather than the current 20% target set in European legislation.

The commission’s new climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard has begun campaigning for 30% in advance of that communication with a round of speeches and briefings.

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