New York (The Verge) — Europe’s Green Deal on climate change failed its first test theverge.com/2019/12/12/210….
The European Council disappointed environmentalists by failing to come to an agreement on setting a 2050 deadline of reaching net-zero carbon emissions. The decision comes a day after the European Commission introduced a Green Deal on climate change for the European Union.
The Council released its final conclusions that said that while it supports the 2050 goal, “one member state at this stage cannot commit to implement this objective as far as it is concerned, and the European Council will come back to this in June 2020.”
The outcome in Brussels today signals a tough road ahead to secure commitments on climate action not only from European nations, but from other big polluters as well. New president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen just released the EU’s Green Deal on December 11, a sweeping package of policy proposals aimed at drastically reducing emissions by 2050. Her announcement followed the November declaration by the European Parliament of a “climate emergency” — a phrase that activists with Greenpeace hung from the building where the Council met in Brussels. Unanimous endorsement of the 2050 goal by the European Council today was supposed to set the stage for a green transformation in Europe and encourage changes across other parts of the world. — Justine Calma/@verge