Beyond the EU NDC


In the context of the Paris Agreement, the European Union is increasing its efforts towards decarbonising its economy. Currently, the EU climate strategy is centred around three emissions reduction targets compared to 1990 levels: a cut of 20% of GHG emissions by 2020, at least 40% by 2030; and an implicit reduction of 80-95% by 2050. These targets have increasingly been put into question, as many stakeholders are pushing the EU to speed up its decarbonisation efforts and embrace the goal of climate neutrality by 2050.


Beginning in 2019, ERCST has been researching ways to assess ambition in the EU. Workshops were help in 5 EU capitals to discuss EU ambition, carbon neutrality, and best practices among Member States and civil society to go beyond the EU targets.

In March 2020, ERCST released the report "Beyond the EU NDC - Assessing efforts to be Europe's climate leaders" which proposes a methodology for assessing and aggregating climate commitments made by national and subnational actors.

ERCST will continue to monitor the developments on new potential EU NDC targets, as well as continue to research further ways state and non-state actors can commit to increased ambition.

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Beyond the EU NDC - Assessing efforts to be Europe's climate leaders
Date: 20 March 2020

Author(s): Wijnand Stoefs, Andrei Marcu, and Eric Wilczynski