EU Commitment to Reduce GHG Emissions


The informal meeting conducted on 15 January brought together environmental ministers and was chaired by the current president of the EU Council, Belgium. The meeting discussed, in broad terms, the GHG emission reductions targeted by 2040.

Alain Maron, the chair of the meeting and Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Participatory Democracy of Belgium, noted that much work needs to be done by EU states to lead this significant transformation over the next 10 years. He also emphasized that working toward these ambitious targets reaffirms EU’s commitment to addressing climate change.

The discussion handout from the meeting stated that although all sectors will need to adjust for the GHG reductions, transport and agricultural sectors will need to double their efforts. Upcoming publications by the EU Commission are expected provide an overview of options for GHG emissions reductions for 2040.