This article presents some of the driving forces behind greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU), on the basis of statistics available from Eurostat that help to understand the development in GHG emissions. GHG emissions as result of human activities cause anthropogenic climate change.
On the last day of the COP25, the Parliament delegation is calling on all countries to come to COP26 in Glasgow with more ambitious emission reduction targets.
EU leaders have agreed on a commitment to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. The agreement was reached at the meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 12 December. One Member State stated that it could not, at this stage, commit to implementing the climate objective.
The 2020 monetisation of the first batch of 50 million allowances for the Innovation Fund was planned to start on 7 January 2020 but will be slightly delayed. The auctions of Member States’ allowances will take place as scheduled. This slight postponement of the monetisation will not delay the launch of the Innovation Fund.
Europe’s leading climate cities (Copenhagen, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Paris, Tallinn, Stavanger) are starting the AI4CITIES pre-commercial procurement project. Their aim is to procure together the development of breakthrough AI solutions that can accelerate the Cities’ transition to carbon neutrality. This is done in cooperation with a wider group of peers (Barcelona, Budapest, Egaleo, Lamia, Istanbul, Milan, Porto, Eurocities, Open and agile cities). The focus is on AI solutions for smart mobility and energy, as these two areas represent 24% resp. 58% of GHG emissions in cities.
The European Commission released its communication and timeline for the European Green Deal. Upgrading energy and climate targets along with new strategies and legislation for climate adaptation, air quality and biodiversity protection are amongst the measures ahead. While COP25 negotiations block on international carbon market rules, the EU’s assembly of local and regional representatives calls on the Parties of the Paris agreement to foster cooperation with cities and regional governments as the only way to deliver effective climate action and reverse global warming.
Brussels, 11 December 2019 – The European aluminium industry is ready to support the European Green Deal announced by the European Commission earlier today. With a bold industrial strategy in place, the industry can cut
Today, the European Commission will present its European Green Deal – the EU’s plans to take action against climate change. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) strongly believes that policies to fight climate change must reflect the reality of consumers’ everyday lives as a starting point.