pport of EU countries for the 2050 target – from four in March to 2
4 on Thursday – showed the credibility of the EU’s engagement with the Paris accord.
“So when we debate, when we advance, we are
able to grow the club, we are able to convince, we are able to progress,” Macron said.
Although EU diplomats said they still believed the bloc would eventually agree to the goal at a later
date, Thursday’s summit was the last chance to do so before global climate talks in September at w
hich UN negotiators hoped to secure higher pledges to do more to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the bloc to aim fo
r a 55 percent reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030, far more than the bloc’s existing goal