The European Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas, supported by the EU Council, has called for the international community to begin urgent negotiations on a comprehensive climate change treaty that could succeed Kyoto in 2012. The EU has called on developed countries to reduce their emissions to below 30 per cent of 1990 carbon levels as part of a new international agreement. In a meeting in Brussels, the EU environment ministers agreed that the EU should reduce its emissions by 20 per cent of pre-1990 levels by 2020 even if such an agreement on carbon emissions could not be found. The EU commitment to combat climate change follows last week?s decision to place maximum carbon emission requirements upon new motor vehicles by 2012.