Chris Huhne calls for 30% EU Emissions cut - 14 March 2011
The Secretary of State has called for a 30% EU emissions cut by 2020. Writing to the Guardian, Chris Huhne and 6 other European environment ministers have asked for tougher climate targets to ensure that emissions are reduced by 80% by 2050. Ministers are meeting in Brussels today for the EU Environment Council.
In the letter, Chris Huhne and his fellow signatories write,
"Now is the right time to discuss the most cost-effective route to achieving our 2050 goals, maximising growth, jobs and prosperity throughout Europe. We are not starting from scratch; the EU has already cut emissions by 17% from 1990 levels by 2009.
"The Commission’s roadmap
demonstrates both that the current 20% target is not a cost-effective route to the 2050 goal, and that we already have the tools and policies to cut emissions by 25% domestically. The European Energy Efficiency Plan in particular is welcome and shows the big impact reducing energy consumption can have. The case to move to a 30% target by 2020 is now stronger as a result.
"At a time when the price of oil is soaring, putting in place an ambitious plan for Europe’s low-carbon future has wider benefits than tackling climate change. It will increase the continent’s resilience against oil price spikes and reduce its dependence on imported energy. And it will help Europe compete with emerging economies in the fast-growing markets for green goods and services."