Portugal will use its six-month presidency of the European Union to finalise a landmark law containing the bloc’s emissions-cutting targets, the country’s environment minister, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes has said. The bill would make the EU’s climate targets irreversible, including its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and speed up emissions reductions this decade. EU countries and the Commission want the law to include a target to cut net emissions at least 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels, and say countries should collectively deliver the EU’s 2050 goal. The European Parliament says tougher action is needed to address the climate emergency. It wants a 60% emissions cut this decade and a requirement for every EU country to become climate neutral by mid-century.
EU’s landmark climate law to be finalised within months, Portugal says, Reuters, 2021-01-06