European leaders have been urged to scale up their efforts to tackle climate change as it emerged the EU does not intend to make extra emissions’ cuts to fill the gap left by the withdrawal of the US from the Paris agreement. At a summit with China in Brussels last week, the EU responded to the decision by Donald Trump to pull out of the historic 2015 pact by vowing to take on a leadership role in the fight to halt global warming. But EU sources said the bloc did not intend to alter its target of reducing emissions by at least 40% in 2030 compared to 1990 as part of its renewed efforts. And it will not ask member states to increase their planned funding for the UN’s green climate change fund. One EU diplomat said: “We will not fill the gap in that respect.” It will instead encourage US states, corporate giants and civil society to do their bit to tackle global warming, it is understood, in the hope that future White House administrations will reverse Trump’s decision. A planned joint EU-China statement on increasing cooperation on climate change has yet to be published. It is understood that differences between the two sides during trade talks had stalled the signing off of the communique.
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