EU increases emissions reduction targets for 2030

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All countries in the 27 member EU bloc to now achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 57%: Timmermans 

The European Union has upgraded the already ambition plans to reduce its emissions caused by greenhouse gases by two percent. Countries with the EU will now have to achieve a minimum 57% reduction of their carbon emission by 2030, instead of the earlier target of 55%. According to a report by DW, the announcement was made on Tuesday, November 15, during the ongoing COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  

“I’m happy to announce here today that the EU stands ready to update our NDC reflecting this higher ambition,” said Frans Timmermans, the EU’s climate policy chief during a conference at the COP27. He further added, “Don’t let anybody tell you, here or outside, that the EU is backtracking,” 

This agreement to achieve a reduction of carbon emission has been shared by the 27 EU nations since the Paris Agreement in 2015, where they shared a joint commitment known as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).  

Timmermans also announced that the goals to achieve 57% of emissions cut can already be achieved by the recent agreements on phasing out petrol and diesel cars, sharing emissions and increasing carbon sinks. He also stated that the exact date for the updated targets will be announced before the end of 2022.  

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