Date
23 October 2017
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (left) and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso field reporters' questions at a press conference following the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photo: AFP
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (left) and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso field reporters' questions at a press conference following the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photo: AFP

EU leaders reach deal on greenhouse emissions

European leaders have reached a landmark agreement to cut greenhouse emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, BBC News reported on Friday.

The European Union also agreed to widen the use of renewable energy to 27 percent of its combined energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27 percent.

The emissions deal came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected, the report said.

Poland had said moves to reduce its heavy reliance on coal would slow economic growth. Its concerns at the summit were echoed by other central and eastern European members.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said some poorer EU members would get financial and other forms of assistance to reach the agreed targets.

The United Kingdom had also opposed the targets for renewables. It is eyeing shale gas and nuclear energy as alternatives to its over-reliance on oil and gas imports.

The EU is already on target to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020, compared with 1990 emission levels.

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