The European Parliament is urging the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Quatar next week to spur Europe and the rest of the world to step up action on climate change.
Action being taken is not sufficient to limit global warming to 2°C, warn the MEPs.
The Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of the year, should be renewed to bridge the gap until a new global treaty can be agreed, says the resolution, and the EU should aim for a 30% cut in emissions by 2020.
“It is in the EU’s own interest to aim for a climate protection target of 30% by 2020, thus creating sustainable growth, additional jobs and decreasing the dependency on energy imports,” reads a statement, which was agreed by 331 to 306 votes.
The EU’s 2020 emissions reductions target has been under debate for some time, with a call to increase it from the UK, France, Denmark and Germany.
The resolution by the European Parliament was adopted by 485 votes to 109, with 45 abstentions.
But the Parliament also voted this week to reject an outright ban on shale gas exploitation, instead calling for robust regulatory regimes to be put in place to ensure that environmental risks are addressed.