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Europe to Examine Need for More Renewables Under Green Deal

  • EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson speaks in Brussels
  • Bloc to assess need for more energy efficiency, Simson says
Government To Decide On Climate Protection Measures

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The European Union’s executive will decide over the coming months whether to recommend increasing the bloc’s goals for renewables and energy savings under an unprecedented plan to reach climate neutrality by the middle of the century.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants the region to toughen its 2030 target for reducing emissions by 50% or even 55% from 1990 levels as part of her flagship Green Deal strategy. The current objective is to cut pollution by at least 40%. Every sector will have to contribute to the transition, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson told the European Parliament on Thursday.