EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050

EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050

The European Commission has announced a new long-term strategy for the EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

The European Commission notes the importance of partnership in achieving this target. The long-term strategy aims to create a vision for stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs, and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: “The EU has already started the modernisation and transformation towards a climate neutral economy. And today, we are stepping up our efforts as we propose a strategy for Europe to become the world’s first major economy to go climate neutral by 2050. Going climate neutral is necessary, possible and in Europe’s interest. It is necessary to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.”

The role of the transport sector was also noted as being important in achieving this ambitious target.

Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, said: “All transport modes should contribute to the decarbonisation of our mobility system. This requires a system approach with low and zero emission vehicles, strong increase in rail network capacity, and a much more efficient organisation of the transport system, based on digitalisation; incentives for behavioural changes; alternative fuels and smart infrastructure; and global commitments. All this driven by innovation and investments.”

Source: Climate Action

Date: December 2018

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