EU proposes to legislate climate neutrality in 2050

The Commission has presented a proposal for a European Climate Act. Act establishes a framework for the gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the increase in carbon uptake in the EU.

The law proposes to legislate the EU's climate goals for 2030 and 2050.

The Commission proposes a target for 2030 to reduce net emissions (emissions minus uptake) in the EU by at least 55 percent compared to 1990 levels.

The Commission’s proposal for the climate target for 2050 is to reach climate neutrality. This means that emissions and uptake must be balanced so that emissions are reduced to net zero. The proposal states that the Commission will revise relevant legislation to reach the proposed emissions reduction target for 2030 and 2050 and will consider necessary measures before 30 June 2021.

The proposal gives the Commission the authority to set an emission-trajectory for the period 2030 to 2050 to achieve the climate neutrality objective. The emission-trajectory is to be determined by means of a delegated act proposed to be revised by the Commission every five years, and no later than six months after the global review of the Paris Climate Agreement.

 


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