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EU Can Toughen Its Emissions-Cut Target Under Paris Climate Deal

  • Europe’s goal can be raised to 45% by 2030, Canete says
  • Deeper carbon cuts possible after deals on clean energy laws
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The European Union signaled it can exceed its 2030 emissions-reduction goal and submit a more ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases by “slightly over 45 percent” under the Paris Agreement to fight climate change.

The announcement was made by EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete on Wednesday in Brussels at the start of a gathering of ministers from the 28-nations bloc, Canada and China before the next round of global talks to lower emissions. This year’s negotiations, known as COP24, will be held in EU member state Poland.