President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said in her speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow that the European Union will do everything in its power to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent. She therefore stressed that there must be a global price for greenhouse gas emissions. She said there must be a clear price for carbon dioxide emissions, "because nature can no longer pay it".
Von der Leyen said the European Union will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030 compared to the 1990s. Everyone, she said, must try to reduce emissions dramatically by 2030. "This is our chance to make history" and we also must act, she said.
Von der Leyen joined leaders from more than 100 countries in Glasgow for the start of the COP26 conference, which will attempt to finish the rules to implement 2015’s Paris Agreement. Speeches from various world leaders dominated the first day of the climate summit