Preliminary considerations for establishing more ambitious 2030 EU climate goals

Key messages

The consequences of climate change are rapidly becoming more apparent, making more ambitious climate policies necessary – globally and in the EU. As an important contribution to global efforts, the EU agreed to become climate neutral by 2050. A robust framework is a precondition for achieving this target. Such framework includes, for example, enhanced gross reduction targets for 2030, emission budgets, independent scientific climate advisory bodies, phasing out fossil fuel subsides, and strong support to ensure a just transition in Member States. The spread between national targets from currently 0 % to 40 % should be scaled up, taking into
account previous individual emission reduction performance and national capabilities. To better understand the impacts of higher targets, Member States should bring forward their own impact assessments – as a contribution to the debate. If designed well, EU ETS extension could be a driver for climate neutrality by 2050, while avoiding adverse social impacts.

About this paper

This paper is part of the project “Building bridges — High Trust Network with Conservative Groups for Ambitious Climate Action”, funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).1 The project aims to facilitate dialogues on climate policies between conservative and other groups from Hungary, Poland and Germany.

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