Latvia given emission cuts target by EU

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The European Commission has announced new emissions reduction targets for its member states, tasking Latvia with reducing emissions 6% by 2030, reported Thursday.

These measures should allow reaching goals set at the Paris climate conference late last year.

The demand for Latvia to cut emissions by 6% is one of the lowest in the EU, with Sweden and Luxembourg being issued reduction targets of 40%. 

However discussions are expected to be heated both in Brussels and Riga as emission cut measures are expected to hit agriculture and transport sectors.

Alda Ozola from the Ministry for Environment and Regional Development said that in 2014 it was planned to ask Latvia for a 10% cut, accordingly making 6% a good result and "a step in the right direction".

Only Bulgaria, as the poorest member state, was allowed to keep emissions at current levels.

Latvia is yet to ratify the agreements adopted at the Paris climate conference.

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