Brussels/London — On Wednesday, the EU finalised new climate rules after months of talks, targeting a total energy saving of 32.5% and an increase in the share of renewable energy to 32% by 2030. National governments must now draft their own plans for implementing the bloc’s overall climate goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement. Talks have dragged on for months to reach a compromise between the European parliament and EU member states on the new energy efficiency and renewable energy targets after 2021, as well as the rules governing implementation. A push by lawmakers for more ambitious targets and tougher monitoring of efforts met with resistance from member states wary of the economic impact of efforts to reduce emissions. Environmental groups and Green Group lawmakers warned the agreement still falls short of the Paris Agreement’s pledge to keep global warming well below 2°C. "The measures are not en...

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