The resolution calls on the European Commission to develop legislative and budgetary proposals to limit global warming below 1.5 °C. 

This new resolution was approved by 429 votes to 225 in the European Parliament. MEP Pascal Canfin said it made Europe “the first continent to declare a climate and environmental emergency”. 

Further strategy on climate neutrality

In a separate resolution, the European Parliament calls on the EU to present a strategy on climate neutrality as soon as possible. MEPs are also calling on the new President of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, to include a target of a 55% cut in GG emissions by 2030 in the European green agreement.

The European Commission has already proposed a target to reach zero emissions by 2050. However, the European Council has not yet approved it, due to opposition by Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.