New targets for the EU metallurgy to reduce CO2 emissions

Already in March 2020, the European Commission announced that in September it will present a plan to increase the target for reducing CO2 emissions by 2030 to 50-55%.

The new target for the cut is likely to be 55 percent. This target is currently 40%. Poland and five other EU countries require detailed cost estimates for the introduction of the new rules.

According to unofficial information, the EU ministers responsible for climate and environment issues will consider the proposal by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on September 30, and the heads of government will discuss it on October 15 and 16.

A very important issue when discussing the new CO2 targets for 2030 will be the assessment of the impact of the new regulations, including an analysis of the costs required to implement them. Some EU countries fear that the new targets will put too much pressure on their economies.

In July 2020, ministers responsible for climate and environment issues from six EU countries – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland, sent a joint letter to the European Commission warning that the new targets would entail additional costs for coal regions. On the Polish side, the letter was signed by the Minister of Climate Michal Kurtyka.

Ministers stressed that the assessment of the impact of the new rules provided by the European Commission must be realistic.

The new reduction targets are not surprising. As early as March 2020, it was announced that by September 2020, the European Commission will present a plan to increase the target for CO2 reduction by 2030 to 50-55. compared to 1990 levels. The current target is 40%.

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