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EU Calls On China, U.S. to ‘Step Up’ on Global Climate Fight

  • Commission President von der Leyen gives annual address
  • She touts the EU’s leading response to the Covid-19 pandemic
Ursula von der Leyen delivers the State of Union 2021 address in Strasbourg, France, on Sept. 15.
Ursula von der Leyen delivers the State of Union 2021 address in Strasbourg, France, on Sept. 15.Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen used her annual state of the union address to call on China and other nations to join the EU in its ambitious plans to combat climate change and to meet Paris Agreement targets. 

The European Union has pledged to deepen its emissions reductions by at least 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels, a goal that has already become legally binding. And while nations globally committed in 2015 to revise their pollution-cutting goals by 2020, almost a third, including China, haven’t done it yet.