It sounds a bit too good to be true. However, the G-8 summit has obviously agreed on targets for climate change mitigation.
The targets are:
- two degrees Celsius target for global mean temperature increase;
- global emissions must be halved by 2050;
- developed countries will set an example by reducing their emissions by 80 per cent or more.
One of the problems is that developing countries rejected an agreement to commit to specific goals for greenhouse gases emissions reduction. Another problem appears to be the reluctance of the US administration to commit to short term (up to 2020) commitments as proposed by the European Union.
I still believe that every journey begins with a single step.
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Tagged Climate change, CO2 emission target, developing countries, emissions reduction, global mean temperature, mitigation
A number of legislative acts from the “Climate – Energy” package are published today in the Official Journal. I would like to underscore two acts:
1. Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars as part of the Community’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles. Manufacturers are required to ensure that the average specific emission for all the new cars registered in the Community for which they are responsible does not exceed the average of the emissions targets for those cars. This requirement will be phased in between 2012 and 2015
2. Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC. Mandatory national targets are established, consistent with a 20 % share of energy from renewable sources and a 10 % share of energy from renewable sources in transport in Community energy consumption by 2020.