Climate emergency declared by European Parliament
Yesterday, the EP approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid that will take place from 2 to 13 December, the EP urged the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.
In a separate resolution, the EP urged the EU to submit its strategy to reach climate neutrality as soon as possible, and by 2050 at the latest, to the UN Convention on Climate Change. The European Commission has already proposed the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but the European Council has still not endorsed it as Poland, Hungary and Czechia are opposed.
MEPs also called on the European Commission President von der Leyen to include a 55% reduction target of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in the European Green Deal. They also urgently called on all EU countries to double their contributions to the International Green Climate Fund to phase out all direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies by 2020.
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