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Greens push for EU climate neutrality by 2040 in election manifesto

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Greens have adopted a new election manifesto with ambitious climate goals, aiming for the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2040, ten years ahead of the current EU target set by the Green Deal
This includes a commitment to exceed a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

🔭 The context: This move comes despite internal opposition, notably from the German Greens, who had proposed delaying the climate neutrality target to 2045
The manifesto also rejects reliance on geo-engineering as a solution and outlines aggressive targets for phasing out fossil fuels, aiming for a 100% renewable EU energy system by 2040.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: By setting a more ambitious target for climate neutrality and emphasizing renewable energy, the Greens are pushing the EU towards more aggressive action against climate change
This reflects a significant commitment to environmental sustainability and sets a high bar for climate action globally.

⏭️ What's next: The manifesto's bold targets challenge the current trajectory of EU climate policy and set the stage for potentially transformative changes in energy, agriculture, and economic policies
It also indicates the Greens' readiness to confront political and societal pushback to ensure ambitious climate action.

💬 One quote: "The final manifesto... calls for the EU energy system to rely on 100% renewable sources and to phase out all fossil fuels by 2040, 'starting with coal by 2030.'" - POLITICO

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