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Swedish Environment Minister speaks to Environment Committee

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The Swedish Environment Minister, Andreas Carlgren, spoke to the European Parliament’s Environment Committee at the beginning of September, asking it to continue to push for a 30% global reduction in carbon emissions. He warned, however, that the measures planned by developing countries are still a long way from what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has deemed necessary in order to keep to the two-degree target.

The Minister moreover urged the Parliament to find sources of financial and technical support for developing countries to reduce their emissions, including immediate funding from the EU via aid. Carlgren’s speech was echoed on 9 September by Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström, who gave as peech on low carbon technology, urging emissions cuts of 25%-40%.