European Union Parliament voted for 60% Emission cut by 2030.

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6 October 2020.


The European Union Parliament voted updating its climate target to reduce emissions by 60% by 2030 as compared to 1990 levels. Earlier EU had set a goal of reducing 40% emission by 2030.


  • The World Wildlife Fund and other Non-Governmental Organizations were insisting on at least 65% emission reduction by 2030.
  • The voting was held under the presidency of Germany. Certain countries such as Poland were reluctant towards the set target.
  • Still criticisms prevail over the fact that the target should be 55%. This is because, according to certain countries, a target of 60% might induce employment problems.

European Union Emissions Trading Scheme

  • It was the first large greenhouse gas emission trading scheme. Till date it remains the biggest.
  •  The scheme was launched in 2005.
  • It is considered as a major pillar of EU Energy Policy. Between 2008 and 2016, the scheme helped EU reduce its emissions by 3.8%.


Global Carbon Project Report, 2019

  • The report says that the growth rate of carbon dioxide emission being emitted from carbon dioxide reduced by 2.1%.
  • This was mainly because of decline of use of coal in Europe and USA. It was also due to reduction in coal use in India and China.
  • Thus, the emission cuts of European Union has major influence.
  • According to the report, Germany was one of the top ten countries of European Union.
  • The other top ten emitters were China, USA, India, Japan, Russia, Iran, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada and South Korea.
  • European Union ranks third.

India’s Emission Target

The following are India’s NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions)

  • To achieve the target of 40% of cumulative electric power installed from non-fossil fuel- based energy resources by 2030
  • To reduce emissions by 33% to 35% by 2030 as compared to that of 2005.

India has fixed these targets based on the clauses of Paris Agreement.

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