United States show less ambition than EU with their new climate targets

Both EU and United States just announced new 2030 climate targets. Under Biden administration, United States aims to reduce its net emissions by 50-52%, compared to the 2005 level. European Union aims to reduce its net emissions by 55% compared to the year 1990 level

Considering the population projections, the targets would lead to 9.11-9.49 tonnes per capita net emissions for US and 4.76 tonnes per capita net emissions for EU. The ambition level is a lot higher for EU, even after considering that US has more climate work to do. Both EU and US also strive for carbon neutrality by 2050. 

The EU targets is even more aspiring in comparison when considering its fewer LULUCF sector (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) sinks. The smaller the sinks, the stricter the total emission reductions have to be to achieve some level of net emissions. Of course, sinks can also be enhanced, but current sinks might be quite telling of the potential future sinks as well. 

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