The European Commission published today [28 November 2018] its “Long Term Strategy for a Clean Planet for All”. This long-term strategy focuses on greenhouse gas emissions’ reduction and is the first step towards the implementation of the UN Paris Climate Agreement. Commenting on the report, Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, said:
“Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is more than a goal. It is a moral obligation and a commitment for the EU. As such, CEEP welcomes the ambitious approach brought forward by the European Commission in the fight against climate change with this strategic long-term vision ‘A Clean Planet for All’.”
“Gathering members from sectors such as health, transport, communications, environment, waste, water, education, housing, local administration and energy, CEEP represents one-third of European jobs, and our members will have an enormous role in achieving the climate goals and will bring an important added value in the decarbonization process.
CEEP is committed to contributing to an efficient and sustainable path to reach a net-zero emission by 2050, whilst maintaining a high-quality of public services for all citizens.”
“Public services and services of general interest are the best-placed to ensure a socially, territorially and societally inclusive energy transition. We call for long-lasting investments in sustainability, and a holistic approach for infrastructures strategy as a vital step in achieving this goal.”
CEEP has played an active role in the preparation of the Strategy, providing inputs to the discussions with a feedback provided in the context of the “Have Your Say” initiative in August 2018 and a response to the European Commission public consultation in October 2018.