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german chancellor angela merkel and french president emmanuel macron at a meeting of the eu council

Majority of EU states, including Germany, now support 2050 net zero climate goal

Germany’s blessing means that Berlin joins the economic powerhouses of France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom in pushing for the EU’s economy to reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.

the coalition has told china it ‘is supporting low and zero emissions transport options in a number of ways’

Australia quizzed by EU and China on whether it can meet 2030 Paris climate target

It has asked whether Australia considers its emissions profile, which has seen pollution rise since the repeal of the carbon price, to be “on a structural path of decrease in line with its commitments”. It has also flagged fossil fuel exports and asked whether they are sustainable “in the context of Paris agreement”.

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Which countries have a net zero carbon goal

An increasing number of governments are translating that into national strategy, setting out visions of a carbon-free future. Is it enough? Of course not. But it is becoming the benchmark for leadership on the world stage.

eu council president donald tusk and commission president jean-claude juncker at a meeting of the council in 2017

EU should not raise 2030 climate target, says Juncker

Like all Paris Agreement signatories, the EU has committed to review its climate plan by the end of 2020. The 2030 target is the central pillar of the EU’s commitment. UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on leaders to update their pledges a year ahead of time and bring them to a summit he has organised for 23 September.

the aviation industry has agreed to offset emissions growth from 2020

UN Environment official attacks agency’s own carbon offsetting policy

“The era of carbon offsets is drawing to a close,” Niklas Hagelberg wrote. “Buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while you carry on flying, buying diesel cars and powering your home with fossil fuels is no longer acceptable or widely accepted.”

public concern over the crisis is at record levels

Young people to advise UK on hitting net zero emissions by 2050

The commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions was described as “historic” by leading figures. But the UK is not yet on track to meet its 2025 and 2030 goals, so a huge transformation of energy, transport and buildings is urgently required.

a liquified natural gas carrier ship off the coast of trinidad and tobago

In-depth: BP data reveals record CO2 emissions in 2018 driven by surging use of gas

Gas was the largest driver of energy-use growth in 2018, responsible for more than 40% of the increase. This, along with increased use of oil and coal, led to global CO2 emissions rising by 2% in 2018, the largest year-on-year increase in seven years.

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