Report: EU aims for bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050

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Report: EU aims for bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050
In this Nov. 20, 2018 photo workers decorate the venue of the global climate summit that will be held at the site of the closed 'Katowice' coal mine in the city of Katowice, southern Poland, where - three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris - world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch is reportedly proposing that the bloc should reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

EU climate chief Miguel Arias Canete told German business daily Handelsblatt in an interview published Wednesday that Europe “has all the tools (needed) to be ambitious” when it comes to cutting greenhouse gases.

Scientists say only by ending the use of fossil fuels within about three decades — a process known as decarbonization — can the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) be achieved.

The European Commission is due to present its plan in Brussels later Wednesday, days before the start of a global climate summit in Katowice, Poland.

The proposal would have to be approved by the bloc’s member states.