EU reaffirms its commitment on the road to Rio+20

Last week, the European Council of Environment Ministers discussed relevant climate issues. One of the topics under discussion was the Commission’s Communication “A roadmap for moving to a competitive a low-carbon economy in 2050”, which proposes a domestic emission reductions of 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 compared to 1990.
The Council also adopted conclusions with a view to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), in which it reaffirms the EU commitment to play an active role in the ongoing negotiations in order to contribute to an ambitious outcome of the Conference. Specifically, the EU expects the Conference will produce a focused, ambitious and action-oriented document, including concrete and timely follow-up actions, that will also show a renewed political commitment to sustainable development. To developing an inclusive green economy, the European Council agreed on five priority areas, namely sustainable energy, water, sustainable land management and ecosystems, oceans and resource efficiency with a particular focus on waste.

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