The European Parliament adopted a revision of the regulation on the distribution of efforts in the fight against climate change, which increases the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at EU level by 2030, from 30 to 40 percent compared to 2005.
For each member state, the regulation determines a binding annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in road transport, building heating, agriculture, small industrial plants and waste management. It currently regulates about 60 percent of all emissions in the European Union.
The new legislation, which is part of the Ready to 55 package, was supported by MEPs with 486 votes in favor, 132 against and 10 abstentions.
The regulation increases the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 to 40 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
For the first time ever, all member states must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 50 percent, depending on the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, the European Parliament points out.
Member States will also have to ensure each year that they do not exceed their annual greenhouse gas emission allocations.
The text still needs to be officially approved by the member states or the Council of the EU.
Revision of the regulation on land use
At the plenary session, MPs also supported the revision of the regulation on land use, land use change and forestry, which is supposed to improve carbon sinks.
The EU’s 2030 target for the net removal of greenhouse gas emissions in the land use, land use change and forestry sector will be 310 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is about 15 percent more than the current value. According to the new target, the levels of greenhouse gases in the EU should be further reduced from 55 to 57 percent by 2030 compared to the levels of 1990, the European Parliament emphasizes.