The European Union clinched a deal on a landmark climate change law that puts new, tougher greenhouse gas emissions targets at the heart of all EU policymaking. It includes a target to reduce net emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade. Reuters reported that on April 21.
The target to cut EU-wide net emissions at least 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, replaces a previous goal of a cut of at least 40%.
By 2019, EU emissions were already 24% lower than in 1990.
The goal is to zero net emissions by 2050.
EU lawmakers had wanted to go further to 60% by 2030, while EU leaders agreed on 55%. Green campaigners said the cut should be 65%.
The 2030 target sets the stage for a major package of EU regulations due in June to cut emissions.
"This is a landmark moment for the EU," the bloc's climate policy chief Frans Timmermans said in a statement. "Today's agreement also reinforces our global position as a leader in tackling the climate crisis."
In December 2015, 194 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement. It aims to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The document calls on governments to take action to combat climate change through plans known as nationally defined contributions (NDCs). Countries that produce half of all global carbon pollution have pledged to maintain carbon neutrality or zero emissions.