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EU ministers agree national climate goals ahead of U.N. talks

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU environment ministers agreed national emissions-reduction targets on Friday in a push to show how the bloc is delivering on its climate goals ahead of United Nations talks next months to fight global warming.

The European Union, the worlds third-largest emitter and a key broker of the 2015 Paris climate pact to curb greenhouse gases, sees adopting the legislation as key to its credibility and influence on how the global climate rules are written.

It assigns EU nations targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions ranging from zero to 40 percent to achieve the blocs overall goal of at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Ministers voiced hope agreement on the politically sensitive targets, which will require an economic shift to low-carbon technology in big employment transport, farming, waste and building sectors, can help unlock tough talks on other climate files.

Hours of talks over reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), a cap-and-trade permit system to regulate industry pollution, ended without an agreement early on Friday.

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