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Alliance calls for no revision of 2020 targets

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On 7 March 2012, the European Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries (AEIIi) – of which CEMBUREAU is a member – stressed that the current 2020 emission reduction targets should not be revised. In a press statement, issued ahead of the EU Environment Ministers meeting held on 9 March (see article in this month’s Eurobrief), the AEII pointed out that no global climate agreement would be implemented before 2020. Therefore, setting unilaterally more ambitious EU emission reduction targets would not help investment in the EU. More specifically, and in relation to the European Commission’s Roadmap to a low carbon economy by 2050, the AEII highlighted the following points:

  • Open access to the assumptions, data and models upon which the above-mentioned roadmap was founded, as well as a recognition of the limits for which models can be used, is essential.
  • The Low Carbon Economy, Resource Efficiency, Energy and Transport roadmaps must be examined together.
  • The potential impacts on the EU’s economy, so far only considered on a macro level, must be examined at a more granular level within the EU.
  • Consideration of the EU’s interaction with the rest of the world should be enhanced and measures for competitiveness included in the Roadmap.

More information: AEII press statement