The key points to retain are:
- an ambitious 2030 climate target of at least 55% reduction of net emissions as compared to 1990, with clarity on the contribution of emission reductions and removals;
- recognition of the need to enhance the EU’s carbon sink through a more ambitious LULUCF regulation, for which the Commission will make proposals in June 2021;
- a process for setting a 2040 climate target, taking into account an indicative greenhouse gas budget for 2030-2050 to be published by the Commission;
- a commitment to negative emissions after 2050;
- the establishment of a European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change, which will provide independent scientific advice;
- stronger provisions on adaptation to climate change;
- strong coherence across Union policies with the climate neutrality objective;
- a commitment to engage with sectors to prepare sector-specific roadmaps charting the path to climate neutrality in different areas of the economy.
It strengthens the general trend with 2040 target and post 2050 vision but also a stronger coherence across policies, which was needed to move forward.
This deal is a huge milestone for the climate. Onwards, let’s make sure fire safety is included in the energy-efficiency policies: As we all know; energy use in buildings is responsible for approximately 40% of EU energy consumption, and 36% of carbon emissions. Yet, 75% of European buildings are energy inefficient. Buildings have an essential role to play in reaching the EU’s carbon neutrality and energy-efficiency objectives.