EU Environment Ministers move forward on climate policy



Posted on 15 October 2013  | 
The European Council agreed that industrialized countries should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent by 2020 compared to emissions in 1990.
© WWF-Canon / Wim Van PasselEnlarge

Brussels, Belgium: Last night, EU Environment Ministers meeting in Luxembourg adopted a joint EU position ahead of the U.N. Warsaw Climate Conference in November, narrowly avoiding blockage by Poland.

Welcoming yesterday’s outcome, Jason Anderson, Head of Climate and Energy - WWF European Policy Office said:

“This outcome acknowledges the need to make greater greenhouse gas cuts before 2020 as well as laying out a 2030 target next year. Both aspects are crucial, and both have been difficult to accept for a handful of member states led by Poland.

This outcome hopefully reflects a willingness from the Polish government to accept that it has to be prepared to negotiate responsibly in the EU on climate change.

The Polish government should now start to act in the broader interest instead of defending its narrow domestic coal agenda.”

ENDS


Further information:

Jason Anderson
Head of Climate & Energy
WWF European Policy Office
janderson@wwf.eu
Phone:+32 2 740 09 35
Mobile:+32 4 74 837 603

Audrey Gueudet
Communication and Media Officer
WWF European Policy Office
agueudet@wwf.eu
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06 |
Mobile: + 32 4 94 03 20 27
The European Council agreed that industrialized countries should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent by 2020 compared to emissions in 1990.
© WWF-Canon / Wim Van Passel Enlarge

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