In defense of environmental organizations, the agreement to reduce net (greenhouse gas) emissions by at least 55% is “far below the 65% required by science”
Last Wednesday, the European Union reached an agreement on the “Climate Law”. The agreement was welcomed by political leaders, namely by Portugal, the chairman of the Council, but environmental organizations called it “desolate” and “ambitious.” “The law.
The presidency of the Portuguese Council of the European Union and the European Parliament today reached an interim political agreement. The legislation stipulates the EU’s carbon neutrality goal by 2050, which will reduce greenhouse gases by at least 55% by 2030 compared with 1990.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Action of Portugal, João Pedro Matos Fernández, said he was satisfied with the agreement and said that European climate law is a “legal law”, which defines the framework of EU climate legislation for the next 30 years.
However, the Portuguese environmental organizations ANP/WWF and Zero do not share the same enthusiasm, and regret that the emission reduction did not exceed 55%.
Associação Natureza (ANP), related to Portugal, pointed out that the agreement reached today “reflects political struggle, not science, and the ultimate goal of a 55% reduction is much lower than the position of science and the European Parliament.” Joining the international organization “World Nature” Foundation” (WWF).
In the statement of the ANP/WWF and WWF European Policy Office, the statement will “bring the agreed law into the U.S. climate summit on Thursday and Friday, which is “dark and to no avail”. Planetary crisis”.
The association stated that the agreement to reduce net emissions by at least 55% (greenhouse gas) is “far below the 65% required by science” and the European Parliament’s position of 60%.
ANP/WWF affirmed the establishment of the European Climate Change Scientific Advisory Committee on EU Climate Law, but the European Parliament failed to guarantee many of its major requirements (such as the phasing out of subsidies for fossil fuels) or require all member states to implement them by 2050 Carbon neutral.
The Portuguese presidency had completed negotiations even before the US summit, but “failed to overcome the blockade of several countries that prevented greater ambitions” and did not bring additional reductions to the emissions reductions already agreed in the agreement. , So “worthy of applause.” Zero said in a statement that in December last year, it also reviewed the 60% target set by the European Parliament.
“It should be pointed out that the goal of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 is inconsistent with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C, because before then, emissions reductions could only reach 65%. Zero warns that 1990 and 2030 can lead us down this path. He also welcomes the establishment of a scientific advisory committee.
After the European agreement was reached on the eve of the US President’s summit, Joe Biden, the head of climate at the WWF European Policy Office, said: “The ambitions to 2030 and the promises of the European Council are all in vain. The EU can try to congratulate President Biden on the meeting, but the reality is that it does not respond appropriately to science that shows that our work to prevent this situation in the next ten years is out of control. “