Minister says Czech Republic cannot accept EU's proposed 2030 climate goal

Smoke and steam billow from Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired power plant, near Belchatow, Poland.
Smoke and steam billow from Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired power plant, near Belchatow, Poland.PHOTO: REUTERS

PRAGUE (REUTERS) - The European Commission's proposal for a cut of at least 55 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels is unacceptable, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek said on Wednesday (Sept 16).

"We cannot put our signature under this... unless we want to lose our energy self-sufficiency and industrial infrastructure," he said on Twitter.