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Finnish EU presidency seeks support for 2050 climate vision

The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU will make climate policy a priority during its six-month mandate, but it will face a challenge in getting all of the EU member states to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU will make climate policy a priority during its six-month mandate, but it will face a challenge in getting all of the EU member states to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050.
By Andreas Walstad 24 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34425
The Council of the EU meeting in 2017. (Council of the EU)

Finland has vowed to make climate policy a priority of its presidency of the Council of the EU, and has said it will strive to convince the other EU member states to adopt a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 into legislation before its mandate ends in December.

If it succeeds, this could pave the way for the adoption of the European Commission’s proposed target of a 50-55% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels – up from a 40%...