The European Union lawmakers have agreed to favour a legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by the year 2030.
With the current target being 40 per cent cut against 1990 levels, the goal is even more ambitious than the 55 percent cut already proposed by the European Commission.
According to Richard Black, a director at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, the target was realistic and would need the nations across the world to invest heavily in renewable energy to ensure that they can achieve it.
The move came as the EU’s earth observation program, Copernicus, announced that it was the hottest September on record that the world has experienced this year. The surface air temperatures last month were 0.05C warmer than that in the previous year, indicating that the temperatures are being driven up by emissions that need to be cut short as soon as possible.