Posts Tagged ‘EU emissions targets’

The futility of emissions reduction targets

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Source:  Scientific Alliance

The futility of emissions reduction targets

Denmark holds this half-year’s rotating EU Council presidency. As you might expect from a Nordic country which is a leader in wind turbine manufacture and deployment, it favours tough emissions controls. Currently, the bloc is committed to a 20% cut in carbon dioxide emissions (from a 1990 baseline) by 2020. On offer is a 30% cut if other countries follow suit. It will have surprised very few people that there have been no takers.

Now, however, it seems that the Danish presidency wants to get member states to agree a firm target of a 40% reduction by 2030 at the environment ministers’ meeting in early March (see Denmark puts 2030 emissions targets on the agenda, on the Euractiv website). This had always been pencilled in as the likely goal en route to an 80-95% decarbonisation by 2050, but the Danes now want to get an EU commitment to it. (more…)

European maneuvering on climate change

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Source:  The Scientific Alliance

What a difference a day makes: on Wednesday this week, Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard launched a paper arguing for an increase of the EU’s emissions reduction target from 20% to 30% (on 1990 levels) by 2020. But the next day she had stepped back from supporting a unilateral move, faced with opposition from the French and German governments.

The bloc had previously agreed to make the 20% cuts unilaterally, but had promised to opt for the higher figure if similar commitments were made by other countries. None had been forthcoming and, after the Copenhagen debacle, nothing is likely to change in the short term (Hedegaard, a Danish politician, oversaw last December’s climate change talks). Nevertheless, the new Commission paper released on 26th May – proposing a feasibility study on introducing the higher target – suggested that the EU should now go it alone. (more…)