With the European Commission set to argue this week in favour of a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Czech Trade, Energy and Transport Minister Karel Havlíček is already saying he doesn’t consider the plan to be realistic for his country, adding, as quoted by Info.cz, that “we don’t want to make undeliverable pledges.” Rather, the Czech Republic could cut emissions by 40-45% by 2030, according to the minister.
“The Czech Republic is no troublemaker in this regard – for instance, we fulfil the majority of points in the Paris Agreement,” said Havlíček.
“The irrationality of the European Commission bothers me,” he added, noting that the EU should focus on realistic numbers, not political pledges, when setting its climate ambitions.
“We are rather alone in this position against irrational targets of the European Green Deal,” he admitted, noting that the majority of the EU member states bet on a “political solution”.
“They take the money for projects and sign up for high cuts commitments,” he added.
(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)