European Parliament backs 2030 emissions cuts of 60 percent
The European Parliament voted in favor of a 60 percent greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2030, MEPs said today based on the release of first voting results.
That goal is up from a current cut of 40 percent, and is the most sensitive part of the Climate Law, which is meant to make the bloc’s 2050 climate neutrality goal legally binding. It’s also more ambitious than the 55 percent target the European Commission proposed last month.
The decision is a win for a coalition of Green, left-wing and Socialists & Democrats and Renew Europe MEPs who had rallied around the 60 percent goal backed by the environment committee last month.
“This is a very strong mandate, the Parliament wants us to go into negotiations [with the Council] with 60 percent for 2030,” Jytte Guteland, the Swedish Socialist MEP who shepherded the file through the Parliament, told POLITICO over the phone.
Guteland said 352 MEPs voted in favor of the target on Tuesday, while 326 were against.
The European People’s Party, the assembly’s largest group, had dismissed a 60 percent cut as going “too far.” Instead, the EPP backed the Commission’s plan for a net 55 percent cut compared to 1990 levels.
EU countries are still divided over whether they can back a 55 percent cut. The closely-watched vote comes just a week before EU leaders are due to have a first discussion of the climate target, and ahead of an Environment Council on October 23 where the Climate Law is on the agenda.
The European Parliament will vote on its Climate Law position later today.
This article has been updated with the Parliament’s Climate Law vote.