EU lawmakers support 55% emission cuts as IPCC spectre lurks

(EurActiv, 11 Oct 2018) Members of the European Parliament voted on Wednesday (10 October) in favour of increasing the EU’s Paris Agreement emissions pledge by 2020. They also urged the European Commission to make sure its long-term climate strategy models net-zero emissions for 2050 “at the latest”.

The Parliament’s environment committee decided in its COP24 resolution that the EU should reconsider its greenhouse gas emissions reduction pledge, currently fixed at 40%, and bump it up to “at least 55%”.

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its landmark report on the effects of global warming and warned that temperatures are currently on track to rise by 3 degrees Celsius by century’s end.

Stark confirmation that global climate action efforts are nearly completely insufficient to meet even the Paris Agreement’s 2°C goal proved incentive enough as a broad coalition of MEPs ended up backing the proposed increase, tabled by the ALDE group.

Green MEP Bas Eickhout, one of the co-authors of the resolution, told EURACTIV that the IPCC report was “good timing” and provided “substantive backing of the world’s science” for what his political group have been championing for some time.

The text, which will be scrutinised by a full sitting of the Parliament at the end of the month, urges the EU to use the UN’s Talanoa Dialogue to revisit its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) by 2020, as “the current NDC is not in line with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement”.

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EurActiv, 11 Oct 2018: EU lawmakers support 55% emission cuts as IPCC spectre lurks