European Commission tightens climate targets for 2030

The European Commission is tightening up measures to achieve the target of climate neutrality by 2050. In ten years’ time, in 2030, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 55%. Next week, committee chairman Ursula von der Leyen will officially announce this plan, several sources confirm to the CCeit.

A study carried out by the team of euro commissioner Frans Timmermans shows that the European Union as a whole needs to step up its efforts. According to the analyses, it could do so. Until now, the goal was to reduce emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030, but Timmermans already said when he took office that he was aiming for a reduction of 50 to 55 percent. The Dutch vice-president of the European Commission did not want to proceed with that measure immediately, because he wanted to wait for the results of the study first.

And they’re here now.

The target will be included in a special climate law. The plans have yet to be approved by the government leaders, who will discuss them at a summit in October. The European Parliament must also approve the tightening up.

The European leaders agreed at the summit in early July that about 30% of the new budget will be used for climate-friendly projects and reduction of emissions. Especially a lot of money is available for projects in Central and Eastern European countries.


What the tightening will mean in practice is not yet known. There have been protests in recent months. The car industry, for example, wants to be spared, and sectors such as construction and agriculture would prefer not to see the targets tightened up.

In the European Parliament, the Greens in particular are arguing in favour of even tighter sailing. According to the group, emissions must be reduced by 65% over the next few years, otherwise the goal of limiting global warming cannot be achieved.

At the end of last year, a report from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency showed that the Netherlands is not achieving its target with its current policy. According to the calculations of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, our country can reduce emissions by 43% to 48%. What is disappointing is that the price of natural gas fell, while sales of less fuel-efficient cars (SUVs) increased.

Kind of speech from the throne

Formally, Timmermans’ plans will be announced next Wednesday. Then president Ursula von der Leyen will hold her State of the Union, in which the European Commission announces the plans for the new political year. Because of corona, this time in Brussels and not in Strasbourg.