Open letter to the European Council: Bold EU 2030 climate goals can help forge 2015 global deal

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12 March 2014

LONDON: The Climate Group and 37 other leading organizations and businesses have published an open letter calling on the European Council, to support stronger 2030 climate goals ahead of COP21 in Paris next year. Read the short letter in full below.  

Dear EU Heads of State and Government,

We welcome the 22 January proposals from the European Commission for a -40% by 2030 domestic and unilateral European greenhouse gas target and for strengthening the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to be more in line with the EU 2050 climate objective.

We further welcome the Commission’s proposal to consider additional European ambition for 2030 in light of UNFCCC outcomes.

We call on the European Council to urgently endorse these proposals, which are the minimum necessary to secure cost-effective decarbonization in Europe and bring third countries to the table in the negotiations towards a strong 2015 global climate agreement.

Yours sincerely,

3M, Alstom, Bouygues, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, CEZ, Climate Change Capital, Climate Bonds Initiative, Climate Markets and Investment Association, Community of European Railways, Danfoss, Danish Energy Association, DONG Energy, Doosan Power Systems, Drax, Électricité de France (EDF), EnBW, EnergiNorge, European Power Plant Suppliers Association (EEPSA), E.ON, EU Corporate Leaders Group (EUCLG), Eurogas, EURELECTRIC, EUTurbines, Fortum, Gamesa, Gasterra, Greenstream, Iberdrola, IKEA, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), Kamstrup, SSE, Statkraft, The Climate Group, Unife, Unilever, Verbund, Zero Emissions Platform.

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