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Emissions Reduction

Global warming caused by human-made greenhouse gas emissions threatens the world’s communities and ecosystems.

Why it matters

In Paris in 2015, 195 countries, including the EU, signed a historic climate agreement in which they committed to “pursue efforts” to limit global warming to 1.5° C.  The EU has to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions much faster in order to meet this goal.

The EU should aim to reach zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 to uphold the Paris Agreement and address the threat of climate change. This requires strong policies, measures and actions today.

The EU’s climate targets for 2020 (20% emissions reductions compared to 1990 levels), 2030 (at least 40% reductions) and beyond (zero net emissions 'as soon as possible') are not enough to avoid dangerous climate change.

What WWF is doing

WWF is advocating and campaigning for a strong and ambitious long-term climate strategy to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

In line with this goal, the EU's 2030 climate target should be increased to 65% emissions reductions.