Brussels, March 9 - Targets for
cutting climate-changing emissions by 2050 were discussed by Europe's
environment ministers in Brussels today but no agreement was reached after Poland rejected a compromise deal.
failure means Europe will be less likely to be able to prevent catastrophic
climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
major stumbling block was a proposal to adopt indicative long-term targets of
40 per cent emission cuts by 2030 (based on 1990 levels) and 60 per cent by
2040 as contained in the European Commission's 'Roadmap to a Low Carbon Economy
in 2050'. 
Poland refused to accept these
milestones even after the Danish presidency of the EU tried to make concessions
by removing an increased mid-term target of 25 per cent domestic reductions by
2020. It was the second time Poland has blocked EU emission cuts. 
of State will now tackle these discussions at their next meeting in June. Poland could risk receiving less money from the future EU budget as a consequence.
Bollendorff, climate justice campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe commented: "It is
outrageous that one Member State repeatedly refuses to acknowledge the
long-term benefits of reducing emissions quickly and in a planned way into the
next decade and beyond. Heads of States need to step in to overcome the
stalemate. It is unacceptable that a single country blocks climate action in
of the Earth Europe is calling for at least 40 per cent domestic emission cuts
by 2020. This is the scale of cuts needed to avoid runaway climate change.
campaign group calls on EU leaders to reach an agreement to cut emissions by 25
per cent domestically by 2020 in order to progress towards the long-term cuts
needed. It would ensure economic benefits of two million additional good
quality jobs, reduced fuel dependency, and €20 billion per year savings from
less fuel spending and reduced healthcare costs.
 A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050. COM
(2011) 112 final can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/roadmap/index_en.htm
Environment Council conclusions in June 2011 were approved by all Member
States, except Poland.