Poland will veto 40% CO2 reduction – Piechociński

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If the EU summit next week maintains the European Commission’s proposal on reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2030, Poland will have to veto it, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński told Polish Radio on Thursday.

“If this initial proposal will look as it does now, then Poland will have no choice but to veto it,” Piechociński said.

“For the Polish economy minister and the majority of EU economy ministers the 40-percent option, which destroys half of Europe’s industry, is unacceptable,” he added.

EU leaders will meet in Brussels on October 23-24 for a climate summit that is supposed to set a new goal for reducing CO2 emission. The European Commission has proposed a 40-percent reduction by 2020 and a simultaneous growth of the share of renewable energy to 27 percent.

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