The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has unveiled tougher emissions targets.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have proposed stricter goals for the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) than those originally drawn-up by the European Commission.

MEPs want the starting point for emission reduction measures to be the current real emission levels.

Environmentalists think the change will cut emissions by nearly 400 million tonnes.

‘More work needed’

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe, gave the news a cautious welcome, saying: “MEPs took a step in the right direction to make this policy work for the climate.

“The proposal to set a starting point that better reflects actual emissions is the single most important measure to increase ambition when the end target is set too low.

“Still, without a much more ambitious climate policy for reducing emissions in the transport, buildings, agriculture and waste sectors the EU will not fulfil its commitments under the Paris Agreement.”

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