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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Benefits and barriers to the EU low-carbon transition

The UN talks in Durban last December signalled real progress by climate negotiators in agreeing a global deal to reduce carbon emissions. The EU was at the forefront of the negotiations as participating countries created the first timetable for agreeing to binding carbon targets. Europe's ambitious commitment - to reduce further its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 20 to 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 if other countries agree to their own targets - was fundamental to this leadership.