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Europe sets 40% emissions reduction target

The European Commission set the target ahead of next year's Paris climate talks

The European Commission (EC) has agreed to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at least 40% of 1990 levels by 2030, setting a target which is expected to act as a precursor to the climate talks to be held in Paris next year. On 23 October, the Commission, which shapes policy for the European Union (EU), agreed the Climate and Energy Framework agreement, which for the first time commits all 28 members of the bloc to a legally binding climate deal. The Commission also agreed to commit EU members to ensuring that renewable energy comprises 27% of the bloc’s total energy consumption by 2030. It also set a non-mandatory target to cut energy consumption by 27%. This energy efficiency target will be

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