Lucinda Creighton: EU’s latest carbon reduction plan is far from a done Green Deal

Europe has a great opportunity to revolutionise how it tackles climate change, but blunt tax hikes that hit the poor hardest of all are not the way forward

18th July, 2021
Lucinda Creighton: EU’s latest carbon reduction plan is far from a done Green Deal
The EU will need to tread carefully to ensure that the fragile consensus that exists on the need to tackle climate change will not be undermined by a system that is seen to unduly hit the poorest in our societies. Picture: Getty

The European Green Deal is beginning to take shape. Last week saw the announcement of the much anticipated, but terribly named, Fit For 55 package of proposals from the European Commission.

The plan officially revises the commission’s original plan to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 to a more ambitious target of a 55 per cent reduction by the same date.

It contains 12 legislative measures that will have far-reaching consequences for...

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