The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) has slammed a call for a more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target as “unrealistic” and part of a left-wing “propaganda” effort.
On Thursday (14 March), the European Parliament adopted a resolution on climate change, partly in response to the growing protests among young Europeans.
One amendment tabled in Strasbourg said that MEPs would support an update of the EU’s contribution to tackling global warming, and raising the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target.
The current EU goal, to reduce at least 40 percent emissions by 2030, compared to 1990, was agreed in October 2014.
But that was before the first-ever global treatyon climate change was signed in Paris, and before increasing scientific evidence showed that more needed to be done to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
On Thursday, 306 MEPs supported including in the text a call to change the reduction target to 55 percent compared to 1990.
Support came mostly from the centre-left Socialist group, the Greens, the far-left GUE/NGL group, the Liberals, Italy’s Five Star Movement, and 19 EPP members.
But most EPP members participating in the vote – 135 of them – voted against. In total 240 MEPs opposed the amendment on a more ambitious 2030 target.
“The position of the [EPP] group was against the 55 percent for 2030 because it is unrealistic and only introduced by Greens and socialists to make propaganda,” an EPP spokesman told EUobserver, when asked to explain how the group voted.
“The debate in the group was about joining this propaganda or not, knowing that this resolution is useless (it isn’t legally binding) and the majority of the group decided that we should not play the unrealistic game of the left-wing groups,” he added.
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March 15, 2019 at 11:46AM