Germany calls for new conditional CO2 goal

   Germany has called on European heads of state and government to back a conditional EU emission reduction goal of more than 40% for 2030. The EU would adopt this stronger goal if an international climate agreement is reached.

   The European Council, which will meet in October, should “make it clear” that in this case the EU would raise its level of ambition above the 40% target proposed by the European Commission, according to a paper issued by Germany ahead of a meeting of environment ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday.
   This greater level of ambition could be met using international carbon credits, Germany says, although it did not specify the extent to which it believes they should be used. The UK is also pushing for a conditional target, which it says should be -50%.
   The EU has a conditional target of 30% for 2020 but the Commission did not propose a new conditional target in its 2030 package, stating it “sees no merit” in such a proposal. If the UN climate negotiations “warrant a more ambitious target”, this could be met using international credits, the Commission said in January.
   The paper also confirms Germany’s backing for a binding energy efficiency target,
as well as a binding renewables target of at least 30%. The final decision on post-2020 targets should be taken at the October summit, says the member state.

   “We see the greatest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the [energy field]. Ambitious targets and policy instruments in particular for renewable energies and energy efficiency help to lower greenhouse gas emissions in highly relevant sectors such as electricity generation and buildings,” the paper states.

Excerpted from ENDSEurope DAILY 2014/06/12