EU leaders agree to raise 2030 climate target - German reactions

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Source: Clean Energy Wire, 2020-12-11

German politicians have welcomed the EU leaders’ decision to increase the bloc’s 2030 climate target as an important decision that puts the Union on a credible path towards climate neutrality by 2050 and means the bloc is once again one of the pioneers in international climate action. "The result makes it well worth skipping sleep for a night," said Chancellor Angela Merkel. Researchers said together with pledges from other major emitters of the past weeks, the world now stands a chance to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement. After a night of negotiations in Brussels and just in time for the 5th anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, heads of state and government upped the greenhouse gas reduction target to at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The target has yet to be officially decided in talks with the European Parliament, which has voted for a reduction of 60%. NGOs warned that the agreed target is not enough to reach international goals. Clean Energy Wire collects reactions from German politicians, industry representatives, researchers and NGOs.

German government politicians have welcomed EU leaders’ decision to increase the bloc’s 2030 climate target. EU heads of state and government have agreed to significantly increase the Union’s greenhouse gas reduction target to at least 55% by 2030, from a prior official target of a 40% cut. The deal was sealed after a long night of negotiations which reportedly focussed on ensuring support for several fossil fuel-reliant member to manage the transition of their economies. The decisions comes just in time for the 5th anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as UN's and UK's global summit on 12 December. At that meeting, the EU can now present the new target – which has yet to be made official in negotiations with the European Parliament – as its updated and more ambitious contribution to keep the rise of global temperature below 2°C.  

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