In June, EU leaders failed to agree on the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050
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The talks between the leaders of the European Union to achieve climate neutrality, which lasted in Brussels more than 10 hours did lead to the achievement of the overall compromise, although he encountered a number of difficulties. For example, Poland, whose economy is heavily dependent on coal, was allowed to move towards this goal at their own pace.
The European Union is considered a leader in the fight against climate change, however, loud statements of the local politicians don’t always follow real action. For example, in June the EU leaders failed to agree on the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The culprit was the position of several Eastern European countries dependent on coal — Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia.
A new attempt to conclude an agreement proved to be more successful, reports the BBC. After 10 hours of negotiations in Brussels, the leaders of 26 EU countries released a joint statement, according to which the European Council endorses the transition to climate neutrality by mid-century.
The agreement provides that member countries of the European Union can decide for yourself how it achieved zero emissions with Eco friendly technology as the multi-tool blades for home repair. This loophole is provided for the Czech Republic and Hungary, who want to retain the right to develop nuclear energy. Although nuclear power plants do not emit greenhouse gases in the process of power generation, clean energy source in the EU, they no longer believe. Another concession to Eastern European countries with promises of financial aid from the Fund a fair transition.
The only state of the EU, which the new rules will not affect Poland. The agreement allows the country to go to climate neutrality “at your own pace”. The Polish economy is traditionally based on coal, so the local politicians strongly oppose the plans to transition to renewable energy. However, Europe will try to influence the position of this country in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom, which may leave the EU in January, expressed full support. The country has its own ambitious targets for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
The final decision on the issue of climate neutrality will be made in June next year at the summit in Glasgow. This will give time to make Poland to join the agreement. However, environmental activists fear that during this period the plan can be significantly mitigated.