Existing fossil gas supply infrastructure can satisfy EU demand under any scenario, including under a rapid coal phase-out. Making this infrastructure eligible for EU funds would be an ineffective use of taxpayer money and run counter to agreed and proposed climate targets. Additional EU funding would only add to stranded assets. This is particularly pertinent to funds explicitly intended to support a transition to climate neutrality, such as the Just Transition, Regional Development and Recovery funds. Limited public money should be directed to best in class solutions for the climate-neutral transition, including renewables and energy efficiency.
‘The agriculture sector can contribute to the enhanced 2030 climate target, but only if the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is transformed into a strong, nature-friendly and climate-resilient European agriculture policy’, writes a group of environmental NGOs that represent citizens across European countries.
EU Heads of States and Governments discussed the proposed increase of the EU 2030 climate target but confirmed that a final decision will only be taken at their next meeting in December. To honour the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to substantially increase its commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 before the end of the year.
The European Commission’s comprehensive plan on how to increase energy renovations across the EU, dubbed the Renovation Wave, provides - finally - a strong recognition of the important role of tackling emissions from the building sector. However, doubling the renovation rate of our guzzling houses and offices will not be sufficient to ensure healthy, energy-efficient and carbon-free buildings for all.
EU heads of state and government will discuss the level of the new EU 2030 emission reductions target at the European Council this week. Raising the climate ambition of the bloc in line with the Paris Agreement is essential to limit the growing economic costs of global warming, estimated to reach by mid-century more than 175 billion euros each year for the EU, with economic damages in Southern and Eastern economies being double the average.
A new briefing published today by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and ZERO describes how Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) can contribute to increased climate action in the EU. The briefing builds upon the report previously published by CAN Europe and ZERO covering opportunities and gaps in 15 Member States’ NECPs, and assesses the final Bulgarian, German and Irish NECPs.
Ahead of the European Council’s discussion on the ambition level of the new 2030 climate target, a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities and NGOs published a joint letter calling on the EU leaders to agree on the most ambitious target level.
The European Parliament today adopted its position on the EU 2030 climate target, calling for an increase to at least 60% emission cuts, excluding removals, a major step forward for EU’s climate ambition and its international leadership in the fight against climate change.
Today over 180 civil society actors, businesses, youth organisations and, local and regional initiatives from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) call on their governments to catch the wave of the European Green Deal, ahead of the European Council next week where EU governments will discuss the new EU 2030 climate target.
Ahead of the European Parliament’s vote, next Tuesday (06 October) on the European Climate Law, political groups started to table their amendments in order to integrate them into the final Law. According to the leaked documents, the EPP (European People’s Party) is planning to seriously undermine the EU’s climate ambition in its amendments.