Press Release: Henrike Hahn, MEP (The Greens/EFA) on the Commission's climate trajectory: only the scientific minimum of emissions reduction by 2040

Henrike Hahn, German Member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA), industrial policy speaker and deputy spokesperson of the German Greens in the European Parliament, comments on the EU's climate target of 90% emissions reduction for 2040 proposed by the Commission today:

"The proposed climate target is not sufficient to put the EU at the forefront of climate protection. The Commission must aim for the minimum target of a 95% CO2 reduction by 2040 instead of just operating at the lower end of the scientific advisory board's recommendations. It is incomprehensible why emission reduction targets for agriculture and the abolition of fossil fuel subsidies should be removed from the Commission's text. E-fuels, gas and coal-fired power plants no longer have a place in modern climate policy.

We need subsidies for green sectors of the future such as wind and solar, and not for climate-damaging dinosaur technologies.

Anyone who refuses to embrace ambitious climate policy is jeopardising the future of the European economy with affordable and secure energy "Made in Europe" in the long term."


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