Europe defends emissions record at climate talks
PARIS (AFP) - Europe defended its record on Wednesday in curbing Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions as the countries of the world entered their third day of talks in Qatar on ways to tackle climate change.
Under pressure at UN negotiations in Doha to raise its emissions reduction target from 20 to 30 per cent, the European Union said through its climate commissioner that other countries should also do more.
"Europe is doing its fair share," Connie Hedegaard insisted at a webcast press conference in Brussels. The bloc is on track to meet its goal of emissions reductions of 20 per cent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels and is poised to exceed it, thanks to support for greener fuels and cleaner technology, she said.
"We are not just resting on the laurels. We are actually trying despite all our economic difficulties to move on and still be in the lead, which we are," Ms Hedegaard said.