Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

Emissions EU

(Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday.

In a non-binding resolution, adopted with 369 votes to 116 and 40 abstentions, MEPs say that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, the commitment made by the EU under the Paris climate agreement. They support the Commission in pushing for these two scenarios.

Parliament also voices support for the demonstrations, in particular in the form of climate marches and school strikes that are raising awareness of these climate risks. MEPs ask national, regional and local governments, as well as the EU, to take concrete and swift action in order not to overshoot the 1.5°C climate limit.

MEPs stress that in order to reach net-zero GHG emissions in 2050 in the most cost-efficient manner, the 2030 ambition level will need to be raised. The EU must therefore send a clear message that it stands ready to review its contribution to the Paris Agreement, they say.

Support for regions most affected by decarbonisation

If handled well, with the appropriate support for the most vulnerable regions, sectors and citizens, the transition towards net-zero GHG emissions can potentially create 2.1 million additional jobs by 2050 in the EU, say MEPs. A “just transition fund” should be created to support the regions most affected by decarbonisation, such as coal mining regions, they say.

The EU’s net-zero strategy should prioritise direct emissions reductions and enhancing natural carbon sinks and reservoirs (such as forests) over carbon removal technologies, that have yet to be deployed on a large scale and would entail significant risks for ecosystems, biodiversity and food security.

Investing in circular and bio-economy

MEPs consider that the transition towards a net-zero GHG economy also presents significant opportunities. Investment in industrial innovation, including digital technologies and clean technology, is needed to improve growth, competitiveness and create jobs e.g. in a growing circular economy and bio-economy. MEPs also underline the importance of having a predictable energy and climate policy to encourage long-term investment.

Finally, MEPs reiterate the Parliament’s position to allocate at least 35 % of the expenditure on research (Horizon Europe) to support climate objectives.

Background

Parties to the Paris Agreement are invited to communicate, by 2020, their mid-century, long-term low GHG emission development strategies. In the Communication “A Clean Planet for all” adopted on 28 November 2018, the Commission presented its strategic, long-term vision for a climate-neutral economy by 2050, including eight possible pathways.

The Communication presents options, allowing for a thorough debate on the way forward to 2050. This debate should allow the EU to adopt and submit an ambitious strategy by 2020 to the UNFCCC as well as set the direction of the EU’s future climate and energy policy.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Economic recovery won’t tackle youth unemployment problem

Have Europe’s Ukrainian wounds begun to heal?

European Youth Forum welcomes the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Union Code on Visas, however it does not go far enough

Four ways innovation can help to beat heart disease

FEATURE: Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres

G20 told crucial COP24 climate change conference ‘must succeed’: Guterres

‘Virtual Biopsy’ device detects skin tumours in 15 minutes

UN chief welcomes ‘first concrete step’ in normalizing Eritrea-Ethiopia relationship

Australian solar could power Singapore within a decade

Deeper reforms in Korea will ensure more inclusive and sustainable growth

Antitrust: Commission imposes interim measures on Broadcom in TV and modem chipset markets

Cyprus: Joint Statement by the High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Ferreira on the electoral process in the Turkish Cypriot community

Greece and Ukraine main items on EU28 menu; the course is set

Fair Taxation: New EU-wide system to resolve tax disputes between Member States applies from today

Security Council calls for dialogue in Haiti

6 charts that show how Japan’s economy stacks up as it enters a new era

EU prepares for the worst case scenario as Turkey seems to be withdrawing from the migration deal

Women must be at ‘centre of peacekeeping decision-making’, UN chief tells Security Council

The EU and North Korea: A Story of Underestimation

These charts show where the world’s refugees came from in 2017 – and where they’re heading

AI can be a game-changer for the world’s forests. Here’s how

UN member states express their will to tackle global migration but specific actions are still missing

“The Arctic climate matters: to what degree?”, a Sting Exclusive co-authored by UN Environment’s Jan Dusik and Slava Fetisov

Vote at 16 in Malta: next stop Europe

Italy’s Letta: A European Banking Union soon or Eurozone collapses

‘Being open about my mental health created a better work culture’

It’s down to cities to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030

Venezuela’s needs ‘significant and growing’ UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as ‘unparalleled’ exodus continues

State aid: Commission approves €790 million Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak

What Mary Poppins teaches us about behavioural economics

How China’s sponge cities are preparing for sea-level rise

These 5 countries are home to more than half the world’s forests

How fixing broken food systems can help us meet all the SDGs

What’s needed to protect food security in Africa during COVID-19

Why European manufacturing SMEs in the South face fatal dangers

The EU might as well go down the drain if foreign meddling corrupts May’s elections

These clothes were designed by artificial intelligence

Tax crimes: special committee calls for a European financial police force

Sub10 Systems @ MWC14: Bridging the Ethernet of the Future

The Shifting Rhythms of Harmonious China: Ancient, Modern & Eternal

Online radio and news broadcasts: Parliament and Council reach deal

European Business Summit 2014: The role of youth entrepreneurship education in EU’s Strategy for Competitiveness

We finally have a life-saving vaccine for Ebola

Can Greece’s democratic institutions keep it in Eurozone?

3 ways to keep ourselves cool more sustainably

How the North Korea-U.S. detente is a leveling of the playing field

“As German Chancellor I want to be able to cope with the merger of the real and digital economy”, Angela Merkel from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by US border detention conditions, says holding migrant children may violate international law

Restoring prospect of peace in Middle East is ‘our shared responsibility’ UN envoy tells Security Council

Internet of Things: a Force for Good or Evil?

Governments should step up their efforts to give people skills to seize opportunities in a digital world

How to unleash the enormous power of global healthcare data

‘All efforts must be made’ to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears

EU Ombudsman must continue push for more transparency in Council and Commission

Don’t underestimate the power of the fintech revolution

The big five EU telecom operators in dire straights

CHINA UNLIMITED. PEOPLE UNLIMITED. RESTRICTIONS LIMITED

It’s time to fulfil the promises made to women 25 years ago

EU plans pan-European network of cybersecurity services

International Day of the Midwife: 5 things you should know

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s