Huge milestone for the Climate!

Apr 22, 2021 | EPBD, News, Sustainability

Today it is World Earth Day and we can rejoice that, yesterday, 21 April, early in the morning, a provisional political agreement was reached between the Council’s and the European Parliament’s negotiators on setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.

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.