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EU Targets Cutting Emissions 55% by 2030

European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, April 20, 2021.

The European Union announced Wednesday a provisional agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 27-member bloc by 55% by 2030.

The 2030 target is part of a larger goal of getting the EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the agreement puts the EU “on a green path for a generation.”

“It is our binding pledge to our children and grandchildren,” she added.

EU member states must approve the deal before it becomes official.

Wednesday’s agreement comes ahead of the start of a two-day virtual summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden for world leaders to discuss ways to combat climate change.