UN chief presses EU to agree tougher climate change target

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (19 November) urged the European Union to lead global efforts to slash planet-warming emissions by setting a new climate change target next month.
Efforts to curb climate change have gathered pace in recent months, as China, Japan and South Korea joined the EU in pledging to eventually become carbon neutral – a commitment President-elect Joe Biden says the United States will also make.
Europe looks likely to be the first large economy to translate its net zero goal into near-term commitments. The bloc’s 27 member countries aim to strike a deal next month on a new 2030 climate target.
“I urge you to continue to lead with concrete and ambitious near-term commitments,” Guterres told a videoconference on Thursday.
“It is essential that the European Union commits to reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030,” he told the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a think tank.
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The EU Commission says cutting emissions at least 55% this decade, from 1990 levels, would put the bloc on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
The EU’s current 2030 target is a 40% emissions cut.
Guterres said a summit hosted by the UN and Britain on Dec. 12 was a “clear opportunity” …

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