A global and European commitment to fight climate change

 

The European institutions are facing an unprecedented challenge: providing sound policies responding to the urgent need to address climate change.

By signing the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Union assumed the common commitment of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels”.

As part of this commitment the European Commission presented on 28 November 2018 the long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050. At the same time, EU institutions are calling on all relevant stakeholders to share their insights, know-how and expertise in order to craft the policies and legislation that will help Europe attain the common energy and climate objectives assumed by endorsing the Paris Agreement.

To achieve this goal, three significant changes are simultaneously required, while safeguarding economic growth and individual needs:

  • Changes in consumer behaviour;
  • Reduction in energy demand thanks to energy savings and efficiency improvements;
  • Urgent drop of carbon emissions across all sectors, while being sustainable in the long term.

2016

The Paris Agreement, a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change

2018

A Clean Planet for All, the long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy published by the European Commission

2019

UPEI perspectives on the EU long-term strategy

2020

EU to adopt and submit an ambitious strategy to the UNFCCC as requested under the Paris Agreement