EU Deeply Split On Unilateral Targets

  • Date: 16/01/10

European Union countries diverged on the level of cuts in greenhouse gas emissions the union wants to commit to, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said Saturday.

Environment ministers of France, Germany and the U.K. at the sidelines of an EU ministers meeting said they favor increasing the EU’s emission reduction target to 30% from 20% if others were to match that offer.

Which target level the EU should adopt after the near-failure of the December Copenhagen climate summit, however, was not unanimous, Mr. Dimas said. But he didn’t specify which countries were against the more ambitious 30% target.

Poland and Italy oppose going beyond the 20% target, French Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said.

German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen blamed the hesitation by the U.S. to match the level of the EU’s emission cut target and the attempt by China to block a global climate deal for the “setback” in Copenhagen.

Reuters, 16 January 2010

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