Following the EU’s approval of a landmark climate change law making the block’s greenhouse gas emission targets legally binding, which member states have agreed to reducing 55% of carbon emissions by 2030, the European Commission, EU’s executive branch, has put forward a substantial legislative package to meet the ambitious targets set out in the EU green deal. 

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European Commission climate chief Frans Timmermans believes there will be a tough road ahead but insists this would make for a make-or-break fight against the climate crisis. “Yes it is difficult,” says Timmersman. “Yes it is hard. But it’s also an obligation, because if we were to renounce our obligation to help humanity live within planetary boundaries we would fail not just ourselves but we would fail our children and our grandchildren, who in my view, if we don’t fix this, will be fighting wars over water and food.”

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