The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day.
Madrid, 2 December 2019
Historic trends from 1990 to 2016 are represented in solid lines. The 2015–2016 trend for Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) emissions is approximated (preliminary estimates). Projections from 2015 until 2035 are represented in dashed lines.The scenario considered is “with existing measures” (WEM). Annual targets and ETS cap are represented as bullets.
Includes the report by the Commission: Masterplan for a Competitive Transformation of EU Energy-intensive Industries Enabling a Climate-neutral, Circular Economy by 2050.
Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts on how to transform the EU’s energy-intensive industries so they help reach EU-wide objectives for a circular and climate-neutral economy by 2050. These objectives were put forward in the Commission’s A Clean Planet for All strategy in November 2018.
The EU takes part in the global efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, aiming for a 20 % reduction of its emissions by 2020, a 40 % reduction by 2030 and an 80-95 % reduction by 2050.
The summary of the hearing is now available.
The European Commission is assessing whether to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. This paper points out several reasons why this would not be the best approach to deliver a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.