“It is so good to have the US back on our side in the fight against climate change. Together, we can go faster and get further. Together, we will win the future,” she said.
Europe wants to be “the first climate-neutral continent in the world,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during Thursday’s climate summit.
“Yesterday, we agreed Europe’s first ever Climate Law with the European Parliament and our 27 governments. With this, we write into stone the goal set out by the European Green Deal – to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050,” von der Leyen said.
On Wednesday, the EU announced its target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, as part of its Climate Law. Von der Leyen announced that the Commission would table proposals in June to make Europe “fit for 55.”
“We will make emission trading work – not only for energy generation and industry – but also for transport and for buildings. Carbon must have its price – because nature cannot pay the price any longer,” she said.
She also praised US President Biden for hosting the climate Summit.