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Lacklustre response to EU's low carbon policy

The policy, which will aim to cut emissions by 40%, has been called "toothless" by Greenpeace

The European Commission (EC) has unveiled plans to cut Europe's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and to boost the share of renewables in the continent's energy mix between now and 2030. The white paper, which was released on 22 January, outlines the Commission's plans to cut GHG emissions by 40%, from 1990 levels, by 2030. The commission has asked the European Council and the European Parliament to agree on the emissions cut proposal by the end of 2014, thus enabling the pledge to be incorporated into negotiations for a new global climate agreement in Paris in 2015. The Commission also plans a European Union (EU) wide target for renewable energy to comprise at least 27% of the group's energy

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