Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary expressed scepticism ahead of talks over the European Union’s new target for sharper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions this decade, setting the stage for difficult negotiations over the bloc’s environmental goals.
The EU’s executive European Commission wants to cut greenhouse gases by at least 55 per cent from 1990 levels this decade, a more ambitious target than the 40 per cent cut it now has planned.
However, eastern states are wary of being forced to bear the cost of an expensive transition sought by richer western and northern countries.
Reuters reports environment ministers met to discuss the 2030 target today in Brussels.
Officials from the three eastern holdout countries said they had not relented on their positions.
If the decision goes to the leaders of the 27-member bloc, it would require unanimity.
An official from Poland said a more detailed breakdown of how the target would affect each country and sector was needed before any agreement could be struck.
Hungary said any new EU goal should require all member states to cut their national emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030, with financial penalties for laggards, a condition not included in the EC’s proposal.
“I think that there are very good arguments for the ‘at least 55 per cent’ reduction target from the EU,” she said.
Officials from Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Austria and Croatia told Reuters they support cutting emissions by at least 55 per cent.
The EC proposal includes a lengthy analysis showing the goal will require vast changes to all sectors, but says it is ultimately economically achievable.
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