Climate Targets

Climate & Energy Targets

 

Setting targets is an important policy instrument that has proven to drive progress in achieving specific objectives. Most countries in the world have greenhouse gas emission reduction targets or specific objectives for the development of renewable energy and/or for reducing energy consumption.

The EU and most other European countries have set such targets both for 2020 and for 2030. The EU has agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, and by at least 40% by 2030. In addition, the EU also has targets for renewable energy and energy savings of 20% by 2020 and at least 27% by 2030.

The EU is on track to significantly overshoot its 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, possible even reaching -30% by 2020. Nevertheless several EU Member States are not on track to achieve their national targets for emissions in the non-ETS sectors. The same can be said for the needed efforts to achieve the binding Renewable Energy and non-binding Energy Efficiency targets.

The EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Targets are not compatible with the objective of the Paris Agreement to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C.

In fact, CAN Europe and many other stakeholders have been calling for much stronger 2030 targets: at least 55% greenhouse gas emission reductions; at least 45% renewable energy; and at least 40% energy savings. The Paris Agreement obliges the EU to review and increase its 2030 targets urgently, and definitely before 2018 when world leaders will gather to assess progress in its implementation.

It will also be important to ensure that the rules that still need to be developed to ensure implementation of the targets do not contain loopholes that will allow European countries to continue to invest in coal power plants or other polluting industries. Instead, we need to ensure Europe is on a pathway to full decarbonisation by the middle of this century.

The need to develop such zero carbon pathway is another outcome of the Paris Climate Summit. As countries committed to phase out greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of this century, all European countries should develop zero carbon roadmaps. The EU should lead this work and have its roadmap ready before the agreed global stocktake that will take place in 2018.

 

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2020 Climate & Energy Targets

Many European countries have established targets for 2020 for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for increasing the use of renewable energy or for reducing energy consumption. Read more

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2030 Climate & Energy Targets

As part of the dynamic leading up to the Paris Climate Summit, almost all European countries have developed greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030. All targets including the EU's are insufficient to achieve the objective agreed in Paris to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C. Read more

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Long-term climate targets

On the basis of an overview of existing scenarios, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 2007, highlighted that in order to keep temperature rise between 2°C to 2°C, industrialised countries would need to reduce their emission by 80% to 95% by 2050. The European Member States agreed in 2009 that they would reduce their emission by 80 to 95% by 2050. Read more

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 2030 energy savings target

On 22 January 2014, the Commission published a proposal  on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework, which included low ambition targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and renewables, while introducing a delay in putting forward a proposal for energy efficiency. In July 2014, the Commission came up with an analysis of policy options for energy savings with a 2030 horizon and proposed a 30% energy savings target for 2030. Read more

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2020 energy savings target

The European Union has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 20% compared to the EU energy consumption projections in 2020. Read More

 

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Renewable Energy

Combined with energy savings, the various renewable energy sources provide the only solution to bringing greenhouse gas emissions from the power and heating sectors to zero in a relatively short timescale. Read more

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Useful Climate & Energy Targets Resources

Here you find a range of useful external climate & energy targets resources. Read more

 

Contact

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Wendel Trio
CAN Europe Director
wendel /at/ caneurope.org
+32 2894 4677

 

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Zanna Vanrenterghem
Climate Ambition Project Coordinator
zanna /at/ caneurope.org
+32 2893 0839

 

Latest Publications on Climate & Energy Targets

  • EU governments show lack of commitment to Paris Agreement

    Today EU Environment Ministers have reached an agreement on the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which is meant to be one of the EU’s key tools to implement the Paris Agreement. Diluted to the point of being almost meaningless, the new law as agreed by the ministers would fail to provide a serious constraint for carbon pollution from transport, agriculture, waste and buildings. Thus, it would have an extremely limited impact on the climate.
  • EU governments face a litmus test for Paris Agreement commitment

    On 13th October, EU Environment Ministers are expected to agree on their position on one of the EU’s cornerstone measures for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). The negotiations of this policy show that EU Member States play a two-faced game on climate: they claim commitment to the Paris Agreement, but at the same time try their utmost to avoid real climate action at home.
  • Press briefing: Europe's two-faced climate change game

    Invitation to a media briefing ahead of the Environment Council on 13 October
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