22 Jun 2011 12:06:14
Poland blocks higher CO2 reduction target
Poland has blocked plans for the European Union (EU) to set a higher 2020 emissions reductions target, a move which was criticised by UK energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Members of the EU Environment Council met this week to discuss the shift from the current target of 20 percent.
However, Poland objected to some of the language used relating to findings from the European Commission that a 25 percent cut by 2020 would be the most cost effective way of hitting targets.
Andrzej Kraszewski, Poland’s environment minister, said the text made the milestone sound like a binding target, rather than a suggestion.
He also called for more work to be carried out on assessing the impact any increase would have on some of the poorer states within the European Union.
Following the meeting, Mr Huhne said he was "deeply disappointed" Poland was the only country not to approve the plans.
"It's a dark day for Europe's leading role in tackling climate change... Delay and blockage is a recipe for increased costs and missed opportunities," he added.