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Tue 15 Dec 2020 | by Michelle Urquhart

EU to cut greenhouse gasses by 55% by 2030

This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050 EU leaders agreed on Friday (11 December) to set an ambitious target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030. It was a hard-fought deal, with Poland and other coal-dependent central European countries wanting reassurances that there would be funding available to help transition to cleaner energies. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission said: ““We are doing everything in our power to keep the promise that we made to Europeans: make Europe the first climate neutral continent in the world, by 2050. Today marks a major milestone in this journey. With the new target to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, we will lead the way to a cleaner planet and a green recovery. Europe will emerge stronger from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in a resource-efficient circular economy, promoting innovation in clean technology and creating green jobs.” The 55% reduction target is actually an increase from an earlier reduction target of 40% proposed in September, but is still less than that proposed by Boris Johnson who announced in his green plan that the UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by 2030.