Five potential flashpoints in EU’s ambitious climate change plan

Environmental groups claim target shy, while industry views pace of change as too swift

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveils the bloc’s new climate targets in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Valeria Mongelli

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveils the bloc’s new climate targets in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Valeria Mongelli

Thirteen radical proposals to decarbonise Europe and reverse an impending climate disaster. That’s what the EU’s “Green Deal” package, published this week, was billed as. It’s an attempt to reposition the bloc at the forefront of global efforts to address the climate issue after several years of foot-dragging.

The measures are intended to facilitate a 55 per cent reduction in carbon emissions across the European Union by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, en route to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

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