COVID-19 hit European citizens and the economy very hard. Today, Europe is facing an unprecedented economic shock. Governments are taking bold steps to alleviate negative impacts on society and to prevent a collapse of the economy. Europe is facing a recession and the EU and Member States are developing measures aimed at longer-term economic recovery.
The economic measures currently being developed are much needed in the fight against the health and economic crises provoked by the coronavirus. However, they also represent an opportunity for EU Member States to address both the economic and climate crises by putting the transition to climate neutrality at the heart of these recovery measures.
This media briefing discusses how economic recovery packages can support the early transition to low carbon economies in Europe. In addition, it looks into the EU’s Long Term Strategy, the coherence between the EU’s and Member States’ national Long Term Strategies and how the ambition level of these strategies can be increased with sustainable stimulus packages, aimed at achieving the Paris Agreement goals.
You can download the briefing here : pdf EU and National Long Term Strategies (378 KB)
The report "Funding climate and energy transition in the EU: the untapped potential of regional funds" shows that in the current EU budget cycle 2014-2020, only an average of 9,7% of Cohesion Policy (infrastructure relevant) funding has been invested in clean energy solutions. It also includes country assessments for Estonia, France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland. These country assessments are unveiling that main beneficiaries of the EU budget, particularly CEE and Southern European regions are also the ones that spend the least on clean energy infrastructure.
Global Coal Plant Tracker’a (Küresel Kömür Santrali Takipçisi-GCPT) göre 2019 yılı, kömüre dayalı elektrik üretimine dair tüm belli başlı büyüme göstergelerinde büyük düşüş görülen ardı ardına dördüncü yıl olarak kayda geçti.
The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) is the financial arm of the European Green Deal, created for financing European economies’ transition to zero-carbon emissions and expected to mobilise at least €1 trillion over the next decade. A key element of the plan is the creation of a Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) aimed at supporting those carbon intensive regions of the EU - such as coal-mining areas - where moving to climate neutrality will be more complex.
İklim krizinin mevcut düzeyi göz önünde tutulduğunda, düşük-karbonlu bir ekonomiye küresel geçiş, seçenek olmaktan ziyade acil bir zorunluluk. IPCC 1,5°C özel raporuna (SR15) göre, küresel sıcaklık artışını Paris Anlaşması uyarınca 1,5°C ile sınırlandırmak için hızlıca eyleme geçmek gerekiyor. Bu ise enerji arz ve talebinde önemli değişiklikler gerektiriyor.
To make the proposed European Green Deal a reality, the EU must agree on an EU budget that supports climate neutrality and uses 40% of its funds to support climate action.
With the current level of the climate crisis, a global transition to a low-carbon economy is an urgent necessity, rather than an option. According to the IPCC 1.5°C special report (SR15), rapid action is needed to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement. This will require key changes in energy supply and demand to be effected in a just manner. Learn how.
The report “The clock is ticking: Insights into progress made by Member States so far in improving their draft NECPs” sheds light on the progress Member States have made until now with improving their draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). This includes the extent to which they have implemented the European Commission’s recommendations issued in June this year, and whether they plan to go beyond those.
The transition to a climate-neutral economy means learning new skills, innovating and implementing new technologies, renewing our infrastructure and cutting dependence on fossil fuels.