Connie Hedegaard on the outcome of today's European Parliament vote on a resolution on EU greenhouse gas emission reductions
The European Parliament today (5 July 2011) did not approve a resolution on EU greenhouse gas emission reductions after the resolution had undergone a number of amendments. The resolution had been intended as the EP's response to the European Commission's May 2010 Communication which analysed options for the EU to move beyond a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
In response to the European Parliament vote, Connie Hedegaard made the following comment:
"While there is still a discussion within the EP on when to move to a 30% reduction, the vote showed that there is a very large majority in the EP which supports the idea of going beyond 20% by the EU delivering on its own energy efficiency target."
The Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, presented by the Commission in March 2011, shows that a 25% emissions reduction by 2020 would be the most cost-effective option, and that this will be achieved if the EU delivers fully on its target of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020.