EU should not raise 2030 climate target, says Juncker

(Climate Change News, 12 Jun 2019) Ahead of a meeting of European leaders, the European Commission president says raising the bloc’s Paris Agreement target ‘does not make sense’.

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The European Commission president said he does not support raising the bloc’s 2030 climate goal, days before EU leaders are expected to discuss climate ambition.

The exiting president Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc should keep its policy to cut emissions to 40% of their 1990 level by 2030.

“To fix new goals again and again doesn’t make sense,” Juncker said at a Politico Europe event. “Let’s focus on delivering what we already agreed.”

Like all Paris Agreement signatories, the EU has committed to review its climate plan by the end of 2020. The 2030 target is the central pillar of the EU’s commitment. UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on leaders to update their pledges a year ahead of time and bring them to a summit he has organised for 23 September.

EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has said current policies have the bloc on track to beat its 2030 target, meaning the EU “would be in a position” to increase its Paris goal.

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