EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard has effectively ended her campaign for Europe to unilaterally raise its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target from 20% to 30% amidst fears over the worsening financial crisis in the Eurozone.
Launching the commission's assessment of 20% vs 30% on Wednesday, Ms Hedegaard pointedly omitted calls for the higher figure. Nor does the final study include any recommendation.
The climate commissioner has invested several months in trying to build consensus for a 30% target. There had been indications that the assessment would point EU governments towards the higher ambition level (ENDS Report, May 2010).