Friday, February 27, 2015

EU ‘Backtracks’ On CO2 Targets In UN Accounting

Ed King

Europe’s proposed new climate goals could be weaker than previously announced due to its method of accounting for changes in land use.  Last October the bloc agreed to target greenhouse gas cuts of 40% on 1990 levels by 2030, a rise on its 20% goal for 2020. But in a leaked document outlining the European Commission’s plans for curbing carbon pollution, the 40% goal now includes land use, land use change and forestry accounting.  This means the growth of existing forests could be used towards EU targets, which analysts say could mean the 40% drops to 35% in reality…….“It would also be seen as ‘backsliding’ from the originally presented 40% target and would set the EU off on a bad start towards agreeing on an ambitious international climate treaty in Paris in December 2015.”…Full Story
From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Forum
 

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