MPs urge a 30% cut in emissions

Europe should commit to a tougher target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2020 to show global leadership on tackling climate change, MPs will urge today.

They believe the European Union needs to increase its target from 20 per cent below 1990 levels to 30 per cent, which will help to boost efforts to secure a new international deal in 2015 to reduce emissions.

The Energy and Climate Change Committee says the 20 per cent target is not ambitious or challenging enough to show political leadership. MPs also claim it will be easily met due to the recession.