In February, the European Parliament ENVI Committee (Environment, public health and food safety) has published a briefing document from the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies on the ‘European policies on climate and energy towards 2020,2030 and 2050’ in reaction to the finalized Clean Energy Package and the EU decarbonization commitments. This paper presents an easy and clear overview of European policies on climate and energy towards the next upcoming decades. In this context, CEEP is committed to keeping the conversation on the decarbonization process of our European economy between the EU institution and our members active as public services and SGI providers are daily actors in this climate transition. We believe, only with joint actions and through a cross-sectoral approach, we have a realistic chance to tackle Climate Change.
At CEEP, we gather members from the whole economy, including sectors such as health, transport, communications, environment, waste, water, education, housing, local administration and energy. The last one is on the front line when addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction. However, as the EU actions are impacting the whole economy, and seen the broad actions required to substantially reduce GHG emissions, all CEEP members are concerned and we are dedicated to highlighting their expertise and strategies both at local and European level.
The EU has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by at least 20% by 2020 and aims to reduce by at least 40% by 2030. The briefing document describes how the previously agreed legislative files will enable the EU to achieve its commitments for 2020, which were agreed in the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the challenges that Europe must face in order to attain its targets for 2030 agreed in the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, this briefing document also presents the proposed roadmap to 2050, in which the EU can achieve its targets in different possible ways in this decarbonization process. The briefing covers topics such as ETS, effort sharing decision, renewable targets, energy efficiency, LULUCF, CCS, climate change adaptation strategies, financial investments. However, other related EU policies for reducing GHG emissions for the transport sector or circular economy, are not covered by this paper.
In brief, the Policy Department calls out to the EU Institutions and Member States to expand their vision on tackling Climate Change and take their climate action at a global level. This could be achieved by reinforcing its capacity for climate diplomacy and strengthening its geopolitical relations by shaping its foreign, trade, development, aid and security policies accordingly, as well as by planning conflict prevention strategies. The pressure from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report in 2018 clearly states the tremendous dangers of a global average temperature above 1.5 C°.
Therefore, we positively receive the call for joint actions to a climate-neutral economy including more energy efficiency, the deployment of renewables, greener and safer mobility, more competitive industry and circular economy strategies.