Denmark praises new EU climate agreement

Member states agree to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030

Following a long night of negotiations, the EU has agreed to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030.

The previous 2030 goal was to cut emissions by 40 percent and Denmark is pleased with a new more ambitious goal.

“With this decision, we are witnessing a significant step up in the EU’s climate ambitions,” said climate minister, Dan Jørgensen.

“The previous target has long been a far cry from the demands of science and while Denmark would have welcomed an even stronger target, we can be proud of an unanimous decision to make such a significant leap in ambition.”

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Polish hard ball
Negotiations were drawn out into the late hours yesterday after several countries – Poland in particular – wanted several demands incorporated before agreeing. 

More specifically, Poland called for the bill of the green transition to be largely footed using EU funding.

The Czech Republic and Malta were also among the countries that voiced demands that required negotiation.