Finland seeks to persuade EU on carbon neutral emissions goal

Finland will lead a new push by a majority of European Union countries to overcome opposition from some eastern European members and agree on a goal for the bloc to become climate neutral by 2050.

The Finnish government would try to bring EU leaders to a common position on climate neutrality by the end of the year, Finland’s climate minister Krista Mikkonen told the European Parliament environment committee July 23.

Most EU countries have said they can support a goal of climate neutrality by 2050, by when the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced as much as possible and any remaining emissions would be compensated for by forest planting or other removal methods.

But when EU leaders sought a unanimous agreement on the goal at a summit in June, the Polish, Czech, Estonian and Hungarian governments refused to sign up to the 2050 deadline.

Full article published at Bloomberg Environment.