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Need to increase climate action: EU leaders

IANS  |  Katowice (Poland) 

(EU) leaders of Austria, Finland, Luxembourg, the and attending the UN on Monday recognised further climate action was necessary to reach the 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature goal set out in the 2015

Speaking at the high-level segment of the two-week long UN climate negotiations, known as COP24, of the committed to increase his country's climate target to 55 per cent emission cuts by 2030.

He favoured to encourage all other (EU) countries to adopt the same target for the whole bloc.

Leaders of Austria, Finland, and also recognised the need to increase the level of ambition of the pledges by 2020.

They stated their support for achieving net zero emission by 2050. They also highlighted the joint declaration demanding more climate ambition signed by 18 EU countries.

Reacting to this development, Climate Action Network (CAN) Director told IANS in a statement: "Several EU leaders have added momentum for a successful outcome of COP24."

"It's positive to see that they recognise the urgency to sign up to more ambitious targets to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Now they need to show that they mean business and commit the EU to massively increase its targets.

"To have a good chance of keeping temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the EU's 2030 target must be increased even beyond the 55 per cent reduction the have called for."

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is Europe's leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change.

With over 150 member organisations from 35 European countries, representing over 1,700 NGOs and more than 40 million citizens, the CAN promotes sustainable climate, and development policies throughout Europe.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 21:22 IST
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