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EU heavyweights urge ‘ambitious’ 2040 climate targets — breaking silence

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🗞️ Driving the news: Eleven European countries, including Germany and France, are urging the European Commission to set an ambitious climate target for 2040
This request comes as the Commission prepares its 2040 climate roadmap, expected to propose significant carbon emission reductions. The plea breaks recent silence among EU nations regarding climate goals.

🔭 The context: Spearheaded by Denmark and supported by countries like Austria, Finland, and Spain, the letter to the Commission encourages setting a target aligned with the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change's recommendation of a 90-95% emissions cut from 1990 levels by 2040
This push comes amid growing protests in Europe against climate policies, suggesting a complex political landscape.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The target aligns with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and the EU's commitment to climate neutrality by mid-century
Setting such an ambitious target could significantly impact global climate action and demonstrate the EU's leadership in this arena.

⏭️ What's next: The European Commission's response, due on February 6, will reveal whether it endorses the 90% emissions reduction target. This decision comes ahead of the EU elections and amidst rising right-wing opposition to EU green policies, indicating potential political tensions

💬 One quote: “We can only persuade others to step up if we get the job done at home,” the letter states, emphasizing the EU's role in global climate leadership

📈 One stat: The EU's science advisory body recently reported that the EU is on track to miss its 2030 and 2050 climate targets without significant changes.

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