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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety For the first time, the EU will legislate the goal of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. Under the leadership of Svenja Schulze, the Environment Council agreed on a common position on the European climate law.

EU Environment Council adopts the position of the member states on the European climate law

For the first time, the European Union will legislate the legally binding goal of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. Under the leadership of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the EU Environment Ministers agreed today at the Environment Council in Brussels on a common position on the European climate law, which, in addition to setting greenhouse gas neutrality, also sets a higher climate target for 2030: by then, the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced at least 55 percent decrease compared to 1990. So far, a 25 percent reduction has been achieved, the aim was previously at least 40 percent by 2030. It was also decided that the member states should submit the new target for 2030 as an EU climate protection contribution to the United Nations this year, as provided for in the Paris Agreement. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze : “This agreement is an important international signal: The European Union is irreversibly and bindingly committed to climate protection. We Europeans are thus proving that we take the Paris Agreement on climate protection seriously. Our new EU target of at least 55 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2030 is exemplary internationally. This is a credible and sensible path towards greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. For the next decade, that means nothing less than a doubling of our pace in climate protection. All EU countries will do more than before. Germany, too, will have to contribute more to climate protection than the 55 percent greenhouse gas reduction that has been agreed so far. In all areas, additional energetic climate protection steps will now have to follow: in the energy transition, in transport and in buildings as well as in all industrial processes. ”The EU climate law does not yet specify which measures are to be used to achieve the goals and which member state will make which contribution . This will only be foreseeable when the EU Commission presents its proposals for the implementation instruments in the summer of 2021. The European Climate Act also provides for a regular review that is closely based on the Paris Agreement. According to this, the EU Commission will examine every five years whether the measures of the EU and the member states are in line with the goal of climate neutrality and the target path towards it. Analogous to the Paris Agreement, the first review will take place in 2023, when the Council of EU Member States will quickly negotiate the EU Climate Law in a trialogue with the EU Parliament and the EU Commission. These talks will then be finalized as planned under the Portuguese Council Presidency.

German EU Council Presidency Together for more environmental and climate protection in Europe

12/17/2020 | Press release No. 235/20 | EU Council Presidency

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