The European Commision’s new climate framework calls for a binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, explains Matthew Holder from the British Safety Council.

Inevitably, there are critics on both sides of the argument to this binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40%, but with international discussions on climate change advancing with glacial haste, Europe’s position is to show the world that target setting is in principle fundamentally credible.

It would be easy to overlook the work of European officials to develop targets to limit European greenhouse gas emissions at a time when parts of Europe have seen some of the worst flooding in living memory and quantities of rainfall not seen for over 100 years.

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