A Europe-wide ‘Climate Law’ that would legally require all EU members to build net zero economies by 2050 has been unveiled today by the European Commission as the key pillar of its Green Deal vision. Backed by a renewed commitment to ramp up the continent’s interim emissions goals from the 2030s onwards, the Commission said the Climate Law was designed to “protect the planet and our people” by providing a critical legal foundation for decarbonisation efforts that would ensure greater policy predictability for businesses, investors, public authorities, and citizens.
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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg has rebuked the EU’s plan for tackling climate change, telling MEPs it amounts to “surrender”. Ms Thunberg spoke in Brussels on Wednesday as the EU unveiled a proposed law for reducing carbon emissions. If passed, the law would make it a legal requirement for the EU to be carbon neutral by 2050. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hailed the law as the “heart of the European Green Deal”. But 17-year-old Ms Thunberg dismissed the law as “empty words”, accusing the EU of “pretending” to be a leader on climate change.
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