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…)