Of the Leyens Green Deal: The EU Parliament is not green enough

circuit with coal, Gas and nuclear power: The deputies in Brussels demanded on Wednesday that the Paris targets are to be taken more seriously. photovoltaic p

Of the Leyens Green Deal: The EU Parliament is not green enough

circuit with coal, Gas and nuclear power: The deputies in Brussels demanded on Wednesday that the Paris targets are to be taken more seriously.

photovoltaic plant in Spain: The EU green photo: Marcelo del Pozo/reuters

BRUSSELS taz | The Europe Parliament calls for more ambition in climate policy. The EU Commission's "European Green Deal" is good, but still not green enough, said the Deputy. In a wide majority of opinion you also call to toughen the requirements for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The current target to reduce emissions by 2030 to 40 percent, should be increased according to the opinion of 55 per cent and not just 50, as the Commission proposes. In addition, the Parliament calls for a new interim target in the year 2040. It aims to ensure that climate neutrality is reached by 2050, in fact.

the relocation of carbon emissions (Carbon Leakage) to avoid non-European countries, are calling on the deputies in addition, a border adjustment system. Still no proposal from Brussels is so far. So far, Europe is the only continent that has known to climate neutrality. Therefore, the risk of outsourcing is large.

Even the legislation of the European Union should be green. So the European Parliament is calling for a climate protection law and the alignment of all EU instruments on the climate objectives from Paris. The promotion of coal and Gas to set, nuclear power will be banned. A request from the conservative Right to support nuclear power in the Wake of the European Green Deal, has been quashed.

A cost estimate, the deputies did not provide the exit from fossil energy carriers are expensive. The EU-Commission's investment program in the amount of a trillion euros was not a convincing counter-financed, it was said in Strasbourg. Especially the planned EU funds for a "just Transition" must be increased.

The European Parliament will continue to exert pressure, said the Chairman of the environment Committee, Pascal Canfin. Now, even agriculture would have to be considered, trade and other policy areas "and checked". This also applies to the economic governance, which is so far mainly focused on deficit targets.

Updated Date: 15 January 2020, 18:00

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