On October 7, the European Parliament voted on the European climate law, which translates EU ambitions for climate neutrality into binding clauses, approving a 60% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 and states that all EU countries should reach net zero emissions by 2050.

MEPs rejected the controversial Commission proposal to rely on carbon sinks like forests and grasslands to artificially inflate the 2030 climate target.

Rapporteur Jytte Guteland, a MEP from Sweden, called the approval of the new climate target a historic law. “This is the big transition and it’s the game change to take EU to higher level with the climate policy,” she told a press conference on the Climate Law, adding that with the global heating challenges, world crises and “the risk we have in front of us, it is very important that we now have such a strong message from the European parliament that we would like to act and have Climate Law and Climate Legislation that is strong”.


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