EU aims to be climate neutral by 2050

The European Commission has laid out plans to become climate neutral by 2050. In line with the Paris Agreement objective, it is urging Europe to invest in realistic technological solutions and empower citizens.

The European Union has urged governments, businesses, citizens and regions to join it in an ambitious plan to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Its strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while also ensuring social fairness, according to a statement.

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, commented: “Going climate neutral is necessary, possible and in Europe’s interest.”

He explained: “It is necessary to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. It is possible with current technologies and those close to deployment. And it is in Europe’s interest to stop spending on fossil fuel imports and invest in meaningful improvements to the daily lives of all Europeans.”

The Commission’s vision for a climate-neutral future covers nearly all EU policies and is in line with the Paris Agreement objective to keep temperature increases to well below 2 degrees Celsius, explains the statement.

Instead of setting targets, the purpose of the long-term strategy is to “create a vision and sense of direction, plan for it, and inspire as well as enable stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs”, it writes.

The road to a climate neutral economy would require joint action in seven strategic areas: energy efficiency; deployment of renewables; clean, safe and connected mobility; competitive industry and circular economy; infrastructure and interconnections; bio-economy and natural carbon sinks; carbon capture and storage to address remaining emissions.

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