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EU adopts climate change targets for Paris confab


THE European Union (EU) formally adopted on Friday climate change targets for December’s Paris conference including a 40 percent cut in emissions by 2030, climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said.

The targets were agreed on by leaders of the 28 European Union member states at a summit in October, but the confirmed benchmarks have now been officially sent to the UN, Canete said.

“There is an agreement, but it was not an easy matter,” Canete said after a meeting of EU environment ministers in Brussels.

French minister Segolene Royal added: “Europe is the first continent to send its contribution, as was asked by the United Nations,” 

The offer of the EU, which is responsible for nine percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases, was sent to the UN secretariat, Canete said.

Countries have until March 31 to announce their commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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