A pledge to reduce carbon emissions on 1990 levels by 20 per cent in the next decade has been made by the European Union.
The commitment comes as part of formalised support for the Copenhagen climate change conference, which was held last month to bring together world leaders in order to reach global decisions.
In a statement released today (January 28th), the EU said that its targets would conditionally be increased to 30 per cent provided other countries agree to "take on their fair share" of CO2 reductions necessary to avert potentially devastating climate change.
Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said: "The EU is determined to move ahead rapidly with implementing the Copenhagen Accord in order to make progress towards the agreement that we need to hold global warming below two degrees C.
"The Accord provides a basis on which to build this future agreement and I therefore urge all countries to associate themselves with it and notify ambitious emission targets or actions for inclusion as we are doing."
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