The climate-neutral EU in 2050 is possible if everyone only invites, the EU Commission believes in a new long-term climate strategy. Good – but aiming higher, managing the environmental movement.
EU energy and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete wants to make the EU climate stay neutral by 2050. Image archive.
"Climate neutrality is needed, possible and in European interests," commissioner climate and energy trust Miguel Arias Cañete about the strategy now adopted and will then be presented during this year's major climate conference in Katowice, which starts on Sunday.
In that strategy, eight different scenarios are painted. The two most ambitious targets for climate neutrality by 2050.
"It's really feasible. This of course requires investment and big effort, but it's possible, said Arias Cañete in a Reuters interview on Tuesday.
If the previous decision is followed, the EU expects a total of 2030 emissions by 45 percent compared to 1990, and by 60 percent by 2050.
– The message from the Commission is that "it's okay, but we have to do more". The question is do we want to be leaders or just follow others? Arias Cañete told Reuters.
Some environmental issues were given a thumbs up for the Commission's strategy.
"An important signal for the world," EU lawmaker Jakop Dalunde (MP) said in a statement, however, calling on the Commission to start acting faster than stated in the strategy.
The World Food Fund (WWF) believes in its view that goals themselves must be achieved faster.
"We have to target 2040," WWF wrote in a statement.