Fifteen Member States will further tighten the European Union’s climate protection goals by which, by the end of the next decade, global greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 40% compared to 1990 levels.
The EU ministers responsible for the environment also gave their support for the more decisive action at Tuesday’s meeting of the EU, including Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Greece, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden and Slovenia .
The participants in the Luxembourg Council expressed their “deep concern” about the recent report by the UN Climate Change Board (IPCC) that the carbon dioxide emission should be reduced by 45 percent by 2030 compared to 2010 by 2030 in order to avoid warming exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“Scientists have long warned that our planet is in flames, and it burns faster than we thought. Most European governments are beginning to admit that they see smoke as well. This is only the first step, but the real question is what action will be taken Europe in order to extinguish the fire, “said Tara Connolly, Climate Policy Director of the Greenpeace International Environment Organization.
He stressed that it would be important to tighten the 2030 targets and to cut European carbon emissions to zero by 2040.
The Council adopted a declaration on Tuesday stating that the EU will continue to play a leading role in the global fight against climate change and that only joint action can be achieved, and this is extremely urgent, with negative effects already well-placed worldwide perceived.
Finally, the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement was underlined, underlining the fact that gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 53% between 1990 and 2016 in the European Union, while greenhouse gas emissions declined by 22.4%.
The EU previously agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
The European Commission is expected to publish a draft Climate Strategy for 2050 at the end of November.