The EU made a bold move by outlining how it could become the first major economy to turn climate-neutral before 2050. The Commission’s assessment is unequivocal: Europe can and should update its long-term climate ambition. Climate neutrality will not only have a positive impact on the environment but will also boost Europe’s economy.
The articles in this newsletter explore the different aspects of the European climate neutrality discussion and aim at identifying the way forward for both politics and policies.
We start by looking at the politics. First, we unpack the next steps for aligning European leaders behind a climate neutrality vision for 2050. We also discuss the Commission’s strategy as a robust legacy piece. In the next article, we urge European decision-makers to take note of the international expectations being placed on the EU ahead of a fundamental UN Secretary General Summit in September.
We then explore policies with a close look at new areas, notably the importance of a just transition. Finally, we insist on the necessity to link short-term decisions with long-term decarbonisation goals when defining a new role for gas in the European economy.
European climate neutrality is a must: it is in the EU's domestic interest and will help spark more global climate ambition. It is simply the way forward for Europe’s prosperity.
Thank you for reading,
Senior Policy Advisor