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EU leaders agree to cut emissions by 55% by 2030

European Union leaders have agreed to set a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said: “Europe will reduce emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. It puts us on a clear path towards climate neutrality in 2050.”

The leaders had debated climate change measures for eight hours, dragging a summit that started yesterday through into this morning.

Poland, backed by some other coal-dependent European countries, had been holding out for guarantees on funding to pay for a clean energy transition.

However, this mornings announcement marks a consensus towards moving to carbon neutrality.

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