European Parliament backs new compulsory emission cuts
- EU aims to cut 40% greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels

The European Parliament backed a new proposal for a set of compulsory greenhouse gas cuts, the Parliament announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The new proposal includes national targets as part of an EU-wide CO2 reduction target of 30 percent by 2030, which covers emissions from farms, transport, building and waste. Members of the Parliament (MEPs) also added measures to encourage governments to start as soon as possible.

The Parliament argued that the legislation will make it possible to break down the EU targets into binding, national ones for sectors not covered by the EU carbon market such as agriculture, transport, building and waste.

These sectors together account for about 60 percent of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, it highlighted.

The Parliament also suggested that each EU member state should follow an emissions reduction pathway, calculated from a starting point of 2018, instead of 2020 as proposed by the Commission. The earlier date is set to avoid increases in emissions in the initial years or to avoid a postponement of their emission reductions.

To ensure long-term predictability, MEPs also set a 2050 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent compared to 2005 levels.

"These cuts will help deliver on the EU’s overall target for 2030 on all policies - a 40 percent cut from 1990 levels. The EU is committed to these cuts in the framework of the Paris Agreement," the statement read.

MEPs opened negotiations with the Council to reach a first reading agreement on the proposal. Informal “trilogue” negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission will start when the Council has concluded its own position.

By Ebru Sengul

Anadolu Agency


15 Jun,2017