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The Copenhagen launch of the 40% report

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 09, 2009 12:45 PM
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This morning Friends of the Earth International in partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute held a press conference in the Bella Center to launch the 40% study which shows that 40% emissions cuts in Europe are achievable.

40percent-briefing

The study prepared by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in partnership with Friends of the Earth Europe proves for the first time the feasibility and affordability of achieving at least 40% emissions cuts in Europe by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, without offsetting.

 

Dr Charlie Heaps from the SEI set out the methodology used in the report and his graph clearly showed that the current targets being proposed by Europe "leave little room for non-Annex 1 countries to develop."

 

Sonja Meister from Friends of the Earth Europe set out the case for why Europe really has to push for 40% and laid out some of the benefits too:

 

"The EU should recognise the benefits of making such cuts. Investment in renewables and energy efficiency would create seven jobs per every one in fossil fuels. There are also many health benefits."


Read the report here [pdf]
Read the press release

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