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…)