MEPs call for reducing EU emissions to net zero by 2050 the latest

07.12.2017
Today the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees voted for net zero emissions by 2050 the latest (photo: iStock)
Today the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees voted for net zero emissions by 2050 the latest (photo: iStock)

Today the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees – ITREE and ENVI – adopted their position on the future Energy Union Governance Regulation, which will create a framework for the zero-carbon transition in the EU. MEPs voted in favour of increasing the EU’s long term target to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 the latest and supported robust rules for how to reach the 2030 climate and energy targets.

In reaction to the results of the vote, Wendel Trio, Director of the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) said: “Reducing emissions to zero by 2050 at the latest is an imperative to deliver on the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments. Today’s vote proves that the Parliament understands the urgency of drastically increasing climate action. The vote adds momentum for scaling up emission cuts in the EU. Member States must stop dragging their feet and raise the level of ambition of all energy and climate targets and policies in line with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

MEPs also called for a new EU 2050 zero-carbon roadmap to be developed by 1st January 2019, ratcheting up of ambition through national energy and climate plans which should be revised every five years, and requiring Member States to follow linear trajectories for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency to ensure that the 2030 energy targets are met.

The Energy Council is expected to agree on its position on the Governance Regulation on 18th December. So far most EU countries have made proposals for how to weaken the law, rather than strengthen it. “If Ministers are serious about their commitment to the Paris Agreement they should work with the Parliament to improve European legislation instead of weakening what is on the table”, Trio concluded. 

Buddensiek / CAN Europe

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