EU significantly off-track from 2030 climate goal, Commission warns

(EurActiv, 18 Dec 2023) Based on current policies, the European Union will achieve a 51% emissions reduction by 2030, falling short of the EU’s legally-binding 55% objective, according to a European Commission analysis of national energy and climate plans submitted thus far.

Final plans from the 27 EU countries must be submitted by June 2024 and only 21 of them were submitted on time for the Commission to analye them in detail, but the initial picture drawn by Brussels looks bleak.

“It is clear we need stronger commitments in the final plans to put us firmly on the right track to climate neutrality,” said Climate Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra in a statement released on Monday (18 December).

Particularly in agriculture, heating and road transport – currently known as the “effort sharing sectors” – the target of a 40% reduction will be missed by a whopping 6.2 percentage points, according to the Commission’s analysis.

Similarly, the bloc’s 42.5% target for renewable energy by 2030 could be missed by up to 4 percentage points, the EU executive found.

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