The European Parliament has voted to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (October 6th) to update the EU's 2030 climate target, supporting a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The target approved by the European Parliament is more ambitious than the current one, proposed by the European Commission, to reduce emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels.

In their final vote on the European Climate Law, MEPs decided, with 392 votes in favour, 161 against and 142 abstentions, that the promise of the European Union to become climate-neutral by 2050 should become a must. MEPs also called on the Commission to propose an intermediate target for 2040. It would be set after an impact assessment to ensure that the Union meets the parameters needed to reach its 2050 target.

The European Parliament also calls for the establishment of an EU Climate Change Council, an independent scientific body to assess EU policies in this area and to monitor progress towards targets.

Parliament will have to agree on the target with EU member states, which are divided on how ambitious the target should be.

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