15 Mar 2011 12:03:09
European energy ministers call for 30% CO2 cut
Chris Huhne is one of six European energy and climate change officials to sign his name on a letter calling for 30 percent cut in European Union (EU) CO2
emissions by 2020.
The publication of the letter in the Guardian yesterday (March 14th) came ahead of a meeting of the EU Environment Council and was signed by representatives from Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Germany.
Figures from the recently published 2050 low carbon roadmap were cited, which claim a 25 percent cut by 2020 is the most cost effective way to achieve the 2050 target of an 80 percent reduction.
The signatories claimed: "The case to move to a 30 percent target by 2020 is now stronger as a result."
They went on to say that with oil prices currently seeing huge rises "putting in place an ambitious plan for Europe's low-carbon future has wider benefits than tackling climate change".
"It will help Europe compete with emerging economies in the fast-growing markets for green goods and services," it added.
Currently, the EU is aiming for a 20 percent reduction in 1990 CO2
levels by 2020, while the UK has set itself a domestic target of a 34 percent cut.