Paris Agreement parties ‘need to cut emissions even further’

Countries need to step up their emissions reduction pleges if the world is to meet the target of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C. Members of the European […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Countries need to step up their emissions reduction pleges if the world is to meet the target of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said existing pledges “do not bring the world even close to the two degree target” and there is an “urgent and critically important” need for re-evaluation.

The MEPs are calling on the EU to commit to further emission reductions for 2030 as they believe the EU’s 2030 targets “is not in line with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement”.

They said the EU needs to “prepare a mid-century zero emissions strategy for the EU and provide a cost-efficient pathway towards reaching the net zero emissions goal”.

Having ratified the Paris deal earlier this week, the EU is now focusing on how to achieve its goals ahead of the Marrakesh talks next month.

Some aspects that are currently being addressed include the need to lower emissions from international aviation and shipping as well as mobilising climate finance to meet the goal of $100 billion (£81bn) by 2020.