EU Parliament approves 55% cut in emissions for Green Deal

Rejects Conservatives' amendments on role of gas and nuclear

15 January, 16:17

    (ANSAmed) - STRASBOURG, JANUARY 15 - The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU plan for climate neutrality by 2050, known as the Green Deal.

    European Parliament MPs approved the resolution with 482 yes votes, 136 no votes, and 95 abstentions.

    They are calling for a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030 instead of the 40% currently planned.

    MPs rejected amendments by the Conservatives that called for adding natural gas and nuclear energy to the energy sources to support with investments.

    The European Parliament adopted its position in support of the European Green Deal as presented by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a plenary session debate in December.

    MPs are also asking for a suitably financed transition mechanism for all regions of the EU.

    The European Parliament asked for an ambitious measure in terms of climate to reduce, by 2030, internal greenhouse gas emissions to 55% compared to 1990 levels.

    It also asked the Commission to present a proposal as soon as possible that would allow the EU to adopt the objective much earlier than the COP26 conference scheduled for November.

    The European Parliament also wants the EU to introduce intermediate objectives for 2040. Given the varying levels of ambition worldwide on climate, the MPs are asking the Commission to work on a mechanism of carbon adjustment at the borders that is compatible with the World Trade Organization, in order to prevent the transfer of CO2 emissions.

    The MPs said they will modify any legislative proposal to reach the goals of the Green Deal.

    They also asked for higher objectives for energy efficiency; renewable energy, including national binding objectives for every member state; and a review of other EU regulations in terms of climate and energy by June 2021.(ANSAmed).

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