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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 to below 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.

Subsequently the European Commission developed a 2050 low-carbon roadmap that contains a proposal for reducing the EU's domestic emissions by 80% by 2050. With the Paris Agreement calling for a 1.5°C temperature limit, these numbers are no longer valid. It is clear that the EU will need to substantially change its long-term pathway and achieve zero emissions well before 2050.

Several CAN Europe member organisations have long-term scenarios:see GreenpeaceWWF and International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) 

Latest Publications

  • Letter from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.
  • Letter to EU ministers on climate and environmental action in development funding

    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.
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