06 OCT 2010
By Ewa Krukowska | Bloomberg
European Union member states are still considering a more ambitious emissions-reduction target, climate chief Connie Hedegaard said.
The 27-nation bloc is on schedule to meet its 2020 goal of cutting greenhouse gases by 20 percent from 1990 levels. It stopped short of moving to a more ambitious goal at a global climate summit in Copenhagen last year, citing a lack of comparable effort by the U.S. and China.
French, German and U.K. officials said in July the EU should move to a 30 percent target or risk falling behind the U.S. and China in developing low-carbon technology. A 30 percent target is feasible and affordable, according to a commission study published in May.
“We delivered them ammunition, some of economic calculations and assessments in the communication and it’s very much up to member states to try to reflect back,” Hedegaard told deputies in the European Parliament in Brussels today. “Some countries have reported back, but the majority has not been very clear yet.”
The commission, the EU’s regulatory arm, is also working on a detailed analysis of the cost of a stricter goal at a national level at a request by member states. The bloc’s environment ministers will next discuss climate goals at a meeting on Oct. 14 in Luxembourg, Hedegaard said.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said last week he would propose at the next summit of the EU heads of state that the bloc should unilaterally deepen its goal.
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