The European Parliament (EP) has called on the EU to pledge to ‘net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050′ at the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP25). The call came today as the parliament backed a resolution declaring a climate emergency. Which includes that the Commission ensure all legislation and budget proposal are aligned with keeping global temperature rises to under 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

“The European Parliament has just adopted an ambitious position in view of the upcoming COP 25 in Madrid. Given the climate and environmental emergency, it is essential to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 55% in 2030. It also sends a clear and timely message to the Commission a few weeks before the publication of the Communication on the Green Deal”, said Pascal Canfin (RE, FR), Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

COP25 takes place in Madrid from 2-13 December.