Beyond 40% - Assessing efforts to be Europe's climate leaders (draft)

Date: 21 November 2019

Author(s):Wijnand Stoefs

In the context of the Paris Agreement, the European Union is increasing its efforts towards decarbonisation. 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.

The ‘Beyond 40%’ draft report aims to assess whether Member States and other stakeholders are undertaking efforts to go ‘beyond’ their respective 2030 targets, and what is their perspective on the 2050 strategy and the potential target of carbon neutrality.

The Report builds on a brainstorming session held on September 19, and will be discussed across the EU in a limited number of capitals. The final report – which will include feedback from the roundtables across the EU – will be published in February 2020.