The inconvenient truth about EU’s climate and energy ambition

(EurActiv, 14 Mar 2023) Science says it loud and clear that the EU’s plans to reduce emissions are not in line with the Paris Agreement. The question is whether EU member states will set things right and shoot beyond the minimum ambition with their National Climate and Energy Plans, write Brigitta Bozsó and Klaus Röhrig.

Brigitta Bozsó and Klaus Röhrig are policy experts at Climate Action Network Europe.

Europe feels pretty strained lately, torn between the cost of living crisis, the fossil fuel prices crisis and increasing climate impacts.

And we have seen European capitals at work trying to answer to immediate crises, while sometimes forgetting that the quick responses should pave the way for the longer transformation that Europe needs instead of inefficiently patching an outdated system.

The ink is now drying on the most important climate EU legislation approved in the final days of 2022, while the energy files are going through the last round of negotiations these days.

The bitter truth about the EU’s climate objective of reducing its net emissions by 55% by 2030 is that it is not in line with the Paris Agreement’s objective of keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5° and Europe’s fair share towards this target.

The freshly agreed climate targets will allow the EU only to marginally overshoot its insufficient commitment for 2030 emission reductions, leading to a decrease of net 57% emissions by 2030.

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