On 17 September the European Commission published the Communication ’the 2030 Climate target plan- Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition Investing in a climate-neutral future for the benefit of our people’
According to the Communication, the EU’s current policy framework alone would not allow us to reach our 2050 goals and meet our commitments under the Paris Agreement. Projections show that simply continuing to implement the legislation currently in force would see the EU achieving a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The EU needs to raise its ambitions for this decade now and avoid leaving a heavier workload for future generations. The less action the EU takes in the next ten years, the steeper and more challenging the reduction path after 2030. The Commission therefore proposes to change the current emissions reduction pathway to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and reflect this in the proposal for the European Climate Law .
The Commission is expected to prepare the key necessary legislative proposals by June 2021. The Proposals will address the following areas : EU emissions trading systems, energy efficiency, renewable energy, road transport and Co2 emissions, Agriculture and land use and effort sharing.
To move in that direction, on the same date the Commission also published a proposal for amending the Climate law
The Proposal set the legal binding target as follows : reduction of net greenhouse emissions (emissions after deduction of removals) by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030.