European Parliament votes for ambitious climate target

Posted on 18 October 2020

Pressure from WWF and others grows for urgent and ambitious climate action to prevent the catastrophic impacts of unchecked global warming.

We therefore welcome a recent vote by MEPs in the European Parliament for a strong EU target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Although the 60% reduction target they call for is far better than both the EU’s current target and proposals put forward by the EU Commission, the science tells us that we need to go further. WWF and other NGOs are calling for emissions reductions of at least 65% by 2030, as well as urging that targets are not softened by allowing them to be offset by natural carbon stores (carbon sinks) such as forests and soils. With EU member states still needing to agree on the issue, we will continue to lobby hard.