EU Makes Its Climate Goals Binding

EU Makes Its Climate Goals Binding

This week, the European Union approved a law that would make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding. The standard sets reduction targets at 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, with the goal of the EU becoming an emission-free economy by 2050. The targets apply to overall EU emissions, rather than a binding requirement […]

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EU Climate Law Makes Climate Goals Legally Binding

EU Climate Law Makes Climate Goals Legally Binding

This week, European Union policymakers agreed to enshrine the bloc’s short- and long-term climate commitments. The European Climate Law takes the EU’s goals of reducing net emissions by 55% by 2030 and hitting climate neutrality by 2050 and makes them “legally binding and irreversible,” as German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze put it in Politico EU.  

Why This Matters: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made clear at the Global Climate Summit yesterday that Europe wants to be “the first climate-neutral continent in the world,” and said that they had written it “into stone… to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050.” 

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