Cabinet: View Feasibility and Affordability of EU Climate Package

The Demissionary Cabinet is going to “look very closely” what the European Commissions new climate plans mean in practice for Dutch people. The main consideration is made to see whether they are feasible and affordable, says Secretary Yesilgöz.

Commissioner Timmermans came up this afternoon with a comprehensive package of legislation that would reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990, so he wants 40% of all energy to be generated green by 2030 and should not be allowed to do so by 2035. petrol cars are made more.

The question is whether the whole package will be approved unchanged, because this requires unanimity in the European Council of Government. However, it is certain that many laws are going to make it because the countries have laid down the 55 percent standard together by law.

Need European Cooperation

Yesilgöz does not want to respond substantively to the individual plans yet. However, she stresses that citizens in all countries need to contribute. “Climate change doesnt stick to national borders,” she says. “So effective climate policy requires European cooperation.”

In September, the cabinet will come with a substantive response to the package. In that month, negotiations in the EU on the elaboration of the plans will begin.

Environmental organizations: not ambitious enough

Environmental organisations regret that the targets do not seem to be nationally binding. Now there is a threat of Member States to sit back in a joint declaration by Environmental Defence, Greenpeace and Nature & Environment, among others.

They also find the proposed kerosene tax too low and want farmers to contribute more to CO2 reduction.

It is “very question” whether the European Commission can achieve the 55% reduction target with these measures, the environmental organisations say. “The fossil, agriculture and automotive lobbies for weakening ambition on a variety of topics is huge.”

Border Tax

Employers organizations VNO-NCW and SME Netherlands say in response that plans are likely to lead to a fairer playing field in the EU. For example, they point to the proposed expansion of the emissions trading system.

As the European CO2 price rises to the level of the Dutch CO2 levy of 125 euros per tonne in 2030, competition is becoming fairer, so the organisations reason. They also like the Commission to issue a European import duty for products such as iron, steel and aluminium, electricity, cement and fertilizers. This would avoid unfair competition from outside Europe.