EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union to zero by 2050. “It is absolutely possible,” said Canete. “Sure, it will take a lot of investment. A lot of efforts will be necessary, but it can be done. ”The EU Commission wants to present its climate strategy up to the year 2050 on Wednesday. It contains eight scenarios of how the EU intends to reduce climate-damaging CO2 in order to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. In two of the scenarios, a climate-neutral EU is targeted.
In the Paris Agreement it was agreed to keep global warming below two degrees compared to the time before industrialization and, if possible, to reach 1.5 degrees. However, according to a UN study, annual greenhouse gas emissions rose to a new record last year. The states would have to triple their efforts in order to still achieve the two-degree target, according to a report published on Tuesday by the UN environmental program Unep.
From Monday, representatives from around 200 countries will discuss what needs to be done to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement at the World Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland.