BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canetti called for zero by 2050 net greenhouse gas emissions in the European Commission's climate strategy, published on Wednesday before important UN negotiations on limiting global warming.
With the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Canti said the EU should set an example for climate talks next week in Poland.
The strategy of the European Commission, published on Wednesday, contains eight emission reduction tracks, two of which are aimed at eliminating all greenhouse gases emitted from Europe.
"It is worth getting the first large economy that completely removes carbon and reaches zero emissions," said Canti in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday.
“It will take a lot of effort, but it can be implemented.”
In accordance with the package of climate legislation adopted after the Paris Convention aimed at curbing global warming, the EU now goes beyond the promised emission reduction by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030.
New targets for energy conservation, renewable energy and reduced transport emissions helped put the block on a path to reduce emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and 60 percent by 2050.
“It's good, but we have to do more,” said Canti. He said that clean energy investments will help the economy grow and save money spent on imports of fossil fuels.
The following UN negotiations are the most important since the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, in which delegates from 195 countries are planning to discuss the details of the agreement, which Washington declared that it will leave.
EU governments are divided into how to balance climate policies and protect sectors in which a large number of people are involved, such as the automotive industry and coal mines. Some governments, including Germany, are trying to achieve their goals.
All traces provided by the European Commission on Wednesday include an increase in electricity consumption, and some rely on the use of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen.
In the five scenarios, the EU, which accounts for about 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, will reduce emissions by about 85 percent by 2050 from the 1990 level. But sectors like agriculture will remain a significant source of emissions,
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