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25 May 2011 01:05:04

European environment committee votes to up CO2 targets

European environment committee votes to up CO2 targets
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament has voted largely in favour of upping the continent's 2020 emissions reduction target.

Some 44 members put their support behind increasing the target from a 20 percent cut on 1990 levels by the end of the decade to a 30 percent reduction. Fourteen members voted against the proposals and one abstained.

The committee called for the increased emissions target to be put in place by the end of 2011 at the latest. Although some offsets from other areas of the world would be permitted, 25 percent of the reduction must come from within Europe's borders, the committee stressed.

Bas Eickhout, a member of the Green Party who drafted the resolution, said: "The European Parliament's position has been shifting over the last year.

"There is now broad support for a 30 percent reduction target and a growing realisation that ambitious climate policies are in Europe's own economic interest."

Figures were cited which suggested six million jobs could be created by the move to a higher reductions target.

UK energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne has previously said he would support a move to a 30 percent emissions reductions target.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800556177-ADNFCR

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