***Climate: Brussels, Co2 emissions -90% by 2040, but it’s just a recommendation

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Indication for next legislature, no specific targets (Il Sole 24 Ore Radiocor Plus) – Brussels, 06 Feb – The European Commission recommends that EU states decide on a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 90% by 2040 compared to the levels of 1990 as an intermediate objective with respect to the achievement of climate neutrality by 2050. This is the indication of the outgoing European Commission (after the vote by the end of the year the new one will have to be established after the EU vote in June and the constitution of the new parliament), no more than a simple indication addressed to the Commission that it is not yet there. All this is contained in a communication published today, which has only an indicative value and is a preliminary step before the presentation of legislative proposals which, in fact, will be dealt with in the next legislature. Brussels specifies that ‘the objective is to start the political debate and guide the preparation of the post-2030 framework. No new measures are proposed nor are new sectoral objectives set. Ursula von der Leyen proceeds with leaden feet, seeking consensus for the second mandate at the helm of the Commission, amid pressure from the EPP (majority party in the European Parliament) and numerous governments to slow down on implementation of the ‘Green Deal’, finally in the midst of pressure from various industrial sectors of the protests and ultimately also from farmers across half of Europe. Agriculture is explicitly mentioned but without providing details: ‘Like all other sectors, agricultural activities play an important role in achieving climate ambitions for 2040 while contributing to EU food sovereignty’.

Antonio Pollio Salimbeni – Aps

(RADIOCOR) 06-02-24 15:10:50 (0443)NEWS,EURO 3 NNNN

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