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European Green Agreement

But behind this slim waist lies a big blow. These 24 pages are a radical project to make the EU climate neutral by 2050 – meaning that by then, the world`s second-largest economy will stop increasing the world`s greenhouse gas stock. It covers all aspects of society and the economy and covers biodiversity and agriculture objectives. The Green Agreement will work within the framework of regulation and legislation that will set clear overall targets – a block-wide target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and a 50-55% reduction in emissions by 2030 (compared to 1990) – in addition to incentives to encourage private sector investment, in addition to incentives for private sector investment, action plans for key sectors and targets such as reducing cash declines. , reducing waste and making better use of natural resources. This year – coronavirus allows – will be the most important international climate event since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Second, all the countries operating in the world have committed to keeping the rise in global temperature at a temperature of no more than 2 degrees Celsius and, preferably, at less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which the devastation of climate collapse becomes catastrophic and irreversible. And beneath the surface, the tensions over Europe`s green ambitions are not hard to find. At least eight countries, including Spain, Sweden and Latvia, want the EU to strengthen its 2030 emissions reduction target. Poland and Hungary feel that this is too much. Divisions will come even when difficult decisions have to be made: from the closure of coal mines, from the demand for an increase in the share of farmers to stricter emission standards for the automotive industry. The European Green Free Alliance and Jytte Guteland have proposed increasing the EU Green Agreement`s 2030 climate target to at least 65% of greenhouse gas emissions.

[63] [64] [65] Boris Johnson`s government has made it clear that after Brexit, Britain will deviate from EU environmental standards. The post-Brexit Environmental Act, the Agricultural Act and the Fisheries Act, which now passes through the British Parliament, contain various loopholes that environmental activists say would reduce the environmental protection in the UK that current EU legislation guarantees. In addition to these environmental concerns, the EU is concerned that it is being left in a green technology change. China has engulfed the solar industry, is well ahead of electric vehicles and poses a threat in wind energy.