Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan
Exclusive look at the European Commission's plans for climate-neutrality
The European Commission’s long-term climate plan could be hamstrung by a semantic dispute over vague figures and a fear of failure left over from previous ill-fated attempts at ambitious climate action, EURACTIV has learned.
Commission bigwigs like President Jean-Claude Juncker and climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete both support a net-zero emissions 2050 strategy but sources have revealed that there are factions within the EU executive that are pushing for a more business-as-usual tack.
As part of the EU’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, the Commission was asked by member states in March 2018 to come up with a plan to drag Europe’s economy onto a Paris Agreement-compliant trajectory.