09 Mar 2011 12:03:09
European low carbon plan calls for 25% CO2 cuts by 2020
The European Commission (EC) has laid out its roadmap for the continent to become low carbon by 2050, recommending a 25 percent emissions cut by 2020.
By 2050 the European Union is aiming to cut its emissions by 80 to 95 percent on 1990 levels. Action taken by individual countries alone was said to be sufficient to reach this target.
To achieve the 80 percent reduction, cuts of 40 percent and 60 percent respectively were said to be needed by 2030 and 2040, which is greater than those achievable under current domestic policies.
The roadmap said the "most cost-efficient pathway" to reaching this would be a 25 percent cut in CO2
emissions by 2020, a five percent increase on the current target.
According to the EC, this target can be reached "if the EU meets its 20 percent energy-efficiency improvement goal ... and fully implements the 'climate and energy' package of measures for 2020 adopted in 2009".
It also said to reach the goal some emissions credits due to be auctioned by member states in 2013 must be held back.
UK energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne responded by saying: "This makes the case for going to 30 percent stronger and more urgent."