As EU environment ministers offer their support for more ambitious emission reductions, the Commission could be softening its stance, with its chief negotiator saying that he is open to increasing the bloc’s 2030 target. Last week, the
Last week, the Commission ruled out an increase, but was quickly countered when big hitting ministers, including from Germany, France and the UK, supported higher ambition. Europe was a key mover in Paris, building bridges with developing countries. With leaders meeting later this month to take-stock of what the agreement means for its
With leaders meeting later this month to take-stock of what the agreement means for its 2030 goals, they are under pressure reinforce these ties by collectively aligning their targets with the rapid global decarbonisation and the 1.5DegC temperature limit agreed in Paris, and enacting national laws in line with December’s agreement.
- High ambition means lower emissions. The EU fought for a meaningful Paris agreement, including a call for zero emissions and a 1.5 DegC temperature goal, but the bloc is expected to emit two billion tonnes more CO2 than it promised at the talks. The sooner the EU re-visits its own commitments and ends its association with fossil fuels, the sooner it can embrace the future it laid out in Paris.
- Climate action must start at home. Many environment ministers have backed a call for an early review and increase in the EU’s emission reduction targets, but the real action will happen at a national level. Companies know climate action makes sense, citizens are calling for more ambition, and now the pressure is on EU leaders to enact laws that ensure the targets agreed in Paris are met.
- Renewables and efficiency are the keys to unlocking ambition. By making smarter energy choices, the EU could cut it fossil fuel dependency, reduce imports, secure supply and put the Paris climate goals within reach. Putting renewable and energy efficient policies first – and embedding them across all sectors – would also create quality local jobs, improve health and boost the economy.