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

WENDEL

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

Latest Publications on Climate & Energy Targets

  • Council risks weakening of EU energy efficiency policy

    On 26 June, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on the revision of the bloc’s main energy saving law for after 2020. Worryingly, they are considering throwing the policy into disarray by significantly watering down its cornerstone measure: the annual energy savings obligation. This would profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement, which requires boosting energy savings investments.
  • MEPs welcome ambitious governance report

    In reaction to the discussion on the Governance Regulation taking place in the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Commitees today, Caroline Westblom, EU Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe said:
  • Letter to European Council leaders: implementation of the Paris Agreement

    Dear President/Prime Minister/Chancellor, We understand you will be discussing the regrettable withdrawal by the US federal administration from the Paris Agreement. Climate Action Network Europe very much welcomed the EU's reaction to this decision and the expression of its clear support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. We similarly welcomed the strong support of so many other major carbon emitters as well as the determination of hundreds of US States, cities and companies to implement the US pledge to the Paris Agreement.
  • EU commitment to Paris Agreement needs substance

    EU heads of state and government meeting in Brussels on 22-23 June are expected to express their support to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the dedication shown by the EU, but urges leaders to translate their words into action by calling for deeper emission cuts than currently foreseen and providing more support to climate action in developing countries.
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