EU wants to cut emissions 45% by 2030

The European Union looks set to agree to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030. Although it currently  a target to cut gases that cause climate change 20% by 2020, which is set to be reviewed in January 2014, MEPs are thinking now in the longer term.

However, the situation is not easy. RTCC has published an article explaining that. According to some experts, EU has not conducted any analysis into how it could reduce its emissions beyond 45% by 2030. “The exercise towards 2030 goals should at least include this higher or upper end reduction in the modelling to offer transparency on how it impacts the economy and how it relates to ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets” said to RTCC Tomas Wyns, a climate policy expert at the Centre for Clean Air Policy in Europe.

So, the Climate Commission is under pressure to produce a more ambitious set of new measures for 2020 and 2030. EU’s Low Carbon Roadmap towards 2050 says that to reach an overall aim of an 80-95% reduction by 2050, the EU must reduce its emissions more than 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040.

Exactly how the new agreement will be arranged has yet to be decided. Many hope that, like the 2020 package, this will include a three-tiered approach, incorporating separate targets for emissions reductions, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Belgium is one of the many member states pushing for three separate targets. Its Environment Minister Melchior Wathelet told RTCC ambitious targets in each of the “three pillars” are important.

“We have to make real investment, we have to make progress. That’s true in CO2 emissions, but especially maybe in energy efficiency because we know what we can do”, said Melchior Wathelet, Environment Minister of Belgium.  

On the other hand, Ville Niinistö, Finland’s minister for the environment, told that it was important that the new deal took into account the growing potential for renewable energy in Europe. “There are a number of magnificent examples how for example photovoltaic has increased in productivity in countries like Germany and Finland,” he said. “Biomass has increased and biofuels have also been very encouraging so we look forward to raising our share of renewables in the energy mix, which is about 30% today.”


maria soler