Following on the European Parliament’s decision last week which set limits for emissions from private vehicles, 40% by 2030, the European Union convened its member nations on October 9th for a meeting to discuss emissions from cars. The meeting comes in the wake of a new report issued by the United Nations which surveyed the state of climate change and issued a dire warning regarding the forecasted impact which could lead to drastic consequences as early as 2040. The UN report introduced a new urgency among the EU member nations as they sought a consensus which would mark a notable step forward in responding to the causes of climate change.

However, the nations found themselves at odds, with Germany arguing for a more measured response which would favor its automotive industry, as nations such as Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands argued for much stricter targets. Now, the EU will begin discussions with the European Parliament and European Commission, which has proposed a lower emissions target than either the EU or Parliament, to hash out a conclusion which would then be written into law.

Read reporting on the new proposed targets from Reuters

Read the UN report on climate change

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