EU ready to upgrade its climate target ‘in due time’

(EurActiv, 20 Sep 2022) The European Union plans to raise its target to tackle global warming under the Paris climate agreement, although the upgrade is unlikely to happen in time for this year’s UN climate summit, according to a draft document.

A draft of the EU’s negotiating mandate for the COP27 summit in November, seen by Reuters, said the 27-country bloc intends to update its “nationally determined contribution” (NDC) – the contribution each country makes towards the 2015 Paris accord to prevent disastrous climate change.

The EU, the world’s third-biggest emitter, has pledged to cut its net emissions by 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels – one of the most ambitious goals among major economies.

EU officials hope it will be possible to nudge that goal a few percentage points higher. That’s because the bloc’s package of climate policies was designed in July 2021 to deliver the 55% emissions target – and parts of it have since been made more ambitious.

The EU “stands ready to update its NDC in line with the final outcome of the ‘Fit for 55’ package in due time”, the draft said, referring to a package of climate policies EU countries and lawmakers are currently negotiating.

The draft could still change before EU countries approve it in October.

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