EU Countries Agreed To Reduce Air Emissions To 55% By 2030
EU countries have agreed to make mandatory the goal of reducing emissions of harmful gases in to the atmosphere by at least 55% by 2030, according to the conclusions of the summit of the heads of state of the Union, where this decision was made.
"The European Council approves the EU's mandatory goal of a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the domestic market by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. It calls on lawmakers to reflect this new goal in the proposal for a European climate law and adopt this law promptly," the document says.
The European Commission in September proposed raising the goal of reducing total greenhouse gas emissions to at least 55% from the previous 40%. This goal should have been agreed upon by the EU institutions of power, including the leaders of the Union countries. One of the benefits of such a jump, which will require both significant investments and changes in the energy system, the EC called a reduction in energy imports and costs.
According to European Commissioner Kadri Simson, the energy sector is key to achieving the 55% target, as it accounts for 75% of EU emissions. By 2030, oil consumption should fall by almost a third, and gas by a quarter, she added.
Russia is one of the most important suppliers of energy resources in the EU.
The European Commission has previously proposed to make the European Union by the middle of the century in principle climate neutral-when the volume of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere is equal to the volume of their capture. That will require changes in the structure of energy production and consumption in the Union countries and multibillion-dollar investments. The 2030 goal is an interim step in this strategy.
The European Union, as a whole, seeks to diversify energy sources, develop renewable energy, and reduce its dependence on imports. Also, the EC considers it important to stop subsidizing projects in the field of fossil fuels in the EU.