EU countries on June 28 approved a law to make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding. Negotiators reached a deal in April to reduce net EU emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels, and reach net-zero by 2050, but it received the final seal of approval this week.

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João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action of Portugal, says, “We are very happy with the provisional deal reached today. The European climate law is “the law of laws” that sets the frame for the EU’s climate-related legislation for the 30 years to come. The EU is strongly committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050 and today we can be proud to have set in stone an ambitious climate goal that can get everyone’s support. With this agreement we send a strong signal to the world – right ahead of the Leader’s Climate Summit on 22 April – and pave the way for the Commission to propose its “fit-for-55” climate package in June.”

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