EU environment ministers call for ‘ambitious’ 2030 climate goals

Source: The Guardian

Environment ministers from 13 EU countries and businesses including Coca Cola Enterprises and Shell called for action. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Thirteen European environment ministers and dozens of business leaders urged the European Union on Monday to adopt “ambitious” energy and climate goals for 2030 to create a low-carbon economy in Europe to spur investment.

In a 40-page document released at a green growth conference in Brussels, they also said the 28-nation bloc should reform the structure of the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) and offer a strict emissions cut pledge at a climate summit next autumn.

Going against the tide of officials keen to blame green energy subsidies for higher energy bills, environment ministers from 13 EU countries and businesses including Coca Cola Enterprises and Shell called for action.

Notable exceptions included coal-dependent Poland which has battled against EU proposals to shift to a low-carbon economy, although two weeks ago, Warsaw said it would lead the call for nations to deepen emissions cuts when it hosts United Nations’ climate talks next month.

“Businesses and investors are telling us that the EU needs to get its act together … only then will investors have the confidence to put the billions into low carbon that we need,” Ed Davey, Britain’s energy and climate change secretary, said in a statement.

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