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EU Will Present Pathway to 2050 Carbon Goal Next Year, Climate Envoy Says

The European Union plans to propose a scenario on reaching its 2050 emissions-reduction target in the first quarter, said Michael Christensen, deputy chief of cabinet for the EU climate commissioner.

The 27-nation bloc is on schedule to meet its 2020 goal of cutting greenhouse gases by 20 percent from 1990 levels and aims to reduce them by 80 to 95 percent in 2050, ensuring it remains a leader in the fight against global warming, he said.

“Early next year, probably in the first quarter, we will present a communication what we have to do from now on to 2050,” Christensen told reporters today during a seminar on low-carbon investment in Brussels. “One thing we will put in there is where we should be in 2030.”

The EU has said it is ready to tighten its 2020 target to 30 percent should other countries follow suit. It stopped short of moving to a more ambitious goal at a global climate summit in Copenhagen last year, citing a lack of comparable effort by the U.S. and China.

Member states remain at odds on whether the bloc should increase its ambitions and have asked the European Commission, the EU regulator, to prepare a detailed analysis on costs of moving to a stricter target at national levels.

“Some member states say let’s do it unilaterally, others say conditionally,” Christensen said. “Let’s have a discussion about it. What are the benefits, what are the drawbacks, based on a solid analysis.”

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said yesterday he would propose at the next summit of the EU heads of state that the bloc should unilaterally deepen its goal. French, German and U.K. officials said in July the EU should move to a 30 percent target or risk falling behind the U.S. and China in developing low-carbon technology.

Polish Environment Minister Andrzej Kraszewski said earlier this month a unilateral move would be “counterproductive.”

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