"Fake debate about 'emergency' is a smoke screen"
The European Parliament will today adopt its position on the fight against climate change, ahead of the COP25 United Nations Climate Conference in Madrid. The EPP Group wants to protect the environment more ambitiously while doing enough in parallel to make Europe more competitive and to create more jobs and growth as well.
"We have to be more ambitious in protecting our planet, but we must be smart as well while doing it. This is why the EPP Group supports setting CO2 emission targets to at least 50 percent by 2030 with an option to move to 55 percent if certain conditions are met", said Peter Liese MEP, the EPP Group Spokesman in the Environment Committee.
The EPP Group insists on two conditions to move beyond a 50 percent target to 55 percent, specifically: an impact assessment and international cooperation. "There is a chance that China, India, South Africa and Canada will also increase their emission targets", noted Liese.
"We support concrete action like the sustainable management of forests and emission trading for the sectors that are not yet covered, instead of a prohibition policy and innovation for carbon-free technologies in industry", he added.
"The fake debate about 'climate emergency' is only a smoke screen which hides the real decisions that we need to take in order to reduce emissions beyond 50 percent. These decisions will have a real impact on the daily lives of Europeans. There is an urgency to act, but no state of emergency to declare. Emergency can also be interpreted as undermining fundamental rights, like freedom of press and democracy. I hope nobody wants this", Liese concluded.
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 182 Members from 26 Member States