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Brussels, 26 March 2010

Statement of Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, on Council Conclusions today

The European Council today agreed among its targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels; increasing the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 20%; and moving towards a 20% increase in energy efficiency. The Council furthermore emphasised that the EU is committed to take a decision to move to a 30% reduction by 2020 compared to 1990 levels as its conditional offer with a view to a global and comprehensive agreement for the period beyond 2012, provided that other developed countries commit themselves to comparable emission reductions and that developing countries contribute adequately according to their responsibilities and respective capabilities."

Connie Hedegaard is very pleased with this reiterated support from Member States to the Climate Action strategy of the EU, as set out in the Communication of 9th March 2010 (IP/10/255). The Council conclusions give a strong signal to the European Commission to carry on, ahead of the June Council, with an analysis on what practical policies would be required to implement a 30% reduction, and on its co-benefits for growth and job creation.

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