|Title||EU Council resisting call for net-zero emissions by 2050|
|Date||2018-04-10 PM 1:24:17||Hit||11|
National governments continue to reject a call by the European Parliament for the EU to reduce its net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050, according to a negotiating document released on Friday by the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council.
The paper refers to a second round of closed 'trilogue' negotiations mediated by the European Commission, to be held on 26 April following the postponement of talks originally slated for 21 March. The European Parliament wants the zero emissions goal stated explicitly in a proposed Energy Union Governance Regulation, which will set out how a raft of forthcoming climate and energy policy is to be implemented and enforced across the EU.
Moreover, MEPs have called for Europe to “go into negative emissions soon thereafter” through measures such as promoting the development of forests to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. The Bulgarian presidency, however, is backing the European Commission's original proposal to “reduce emissions by 80 to 95 % by 2050 compared to 1990 levels in a cost-effective manner”.
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