Belgium is encouraging Europe to reduce CO₂ emissions by “more than 40%” by 2030, after the majority parties finally reached a consensus on the issue.
The first list of recommendations included a goal of 55%, but this was rejected by the N-VA and Open Vld. Belgium is adopting a more realistic, less ambitious, approach. The interparliamentary Climate Commission will meet on Monday.
Representatives from the different Belgian parliaments have been trying to reach a consensus for weeks, in time for the next Climate Conference in Poland. The plan is to reinforce measures which will be put in place because of the Paris agreement. It won’t be possible to limit global warming to 2 degrees otherwise.
Belgium was late in submitting its recommendations for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Last week, Europe committed to reducing its energy consumption by 32.5% by 2030 and increasing the use of renewable energy by 32%.