Tendencias y Estudios / Convergencia y sostenibilidad

Turning points for the ambition of European climate targets

Climate policy in the European Union (EU) is undergoing a paradigm shift. At the time of writing, policy-makers are debating changes in targets, governance and instruments to fit (better) with the newly established overarching objective of climate-neutrality by 2050 and to align with the Paris Agreement.

The results of this process will be crucial for the development of reduction efforts (and emission pathways) in the EU and its Member States but also have the potential to influence the international level. This document aims to inform the debate surrounding the proposal of a European Climate Law and the establishment of European greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, a process that will begin in earnest in September 2020 after the publication of the European Commission’s impact assessment.