About: EU climate law

Carbon removal strategy – Is it needed and will it make a difference?

European Union Member States have agreed to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and increase their level of ambition for 2030. This means that Europe needs to amend many of its climate policies.

Slovenia faces mountain of climate legislation as it takes on EU presidency role

As Slovenia takes over the EU Council presidency from Portugal on Thursday (1 July), it faces an avalanche of climate legislation, both inherited from its predecessor and from the European Commission which is due to table a massive legislative package on 14 July.
Climate change 21-04-2021

Breakthrough as EU negotiators clinch deal on European climate law

European Union negotiators reached a deal on the European Climate Law after fourteen hours of talks on Wednesday (21 April), allowing the EU to arrive at the US-hosted climate summit tomorrow with an agreement on the bloc’s 2030 target.
Climate change 20-04-2021

EU leaders are prioritising climate heroism over ambitious policies

EU leaders are focused on the spectacle of arriving at the US climate summit on Thursday (22 April) with an agreement on the EU climate law and 2030 target, but risk sacrificing the quality of the legislation, argue Adélaïde Charlier and Chloé Mikolajczak.

EU countries clinch new mandate for talks on climate law, raising hopes of a deal

EU member states have adopted a revised mandate for negotiating the European climate law, including a new stance on the 2030 target that retains the net 55% reduction objective but limits the role of carbon sinks, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Climate change 30-03-2021

Little progress made in fifth round of negotiations on EU climate law

Little progress was made in the fifth round of negotiations on the European Climate Law last Friday (26 March), despite growing time pressure to have the bill agreed by mid-April, according to people involved in the talks, which are being held behind closed doors.
Climate change 12-03-2021

The EU Climate Law: is it all just a losing game?

The European Union needs to adopt separate targets for carbon emissions and removals. Otherwise, other countries like Brazil and Indonesia will do the same, which risks undermining talks at the UN’s COP26 conference this year, writes Suzana Carp.

Crunch time in the climate law negotiations

The European Climate Law can be a much needed addition to the EU’s climate governance framework, if its potential is fully tapped. Now, as we are approaching the final stages of the trilogue, the Council and the Parliament need to find an agreement, including on some of the more controversial issues, argues Wendel Trio.

Greens frustrated with slow pace of talks on European climate law

European countries are delaying negotiations on the EU's 2030 climate target, according to Michael Bloss, a Green MEP from Germany who briefed the press after the third round of talks on the European climate law.

Deal on European climate law is ‘big priority’ for Portugal at EU helm

Negotiations on the European Climate Law – including the bloc’s proposed 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 – are expected to wrap up before the end of June as Portugal makes a climate agreement the “big priority” of its six-month EU presidency, which started on 1 January.

2021: Another decisive year for Europe’s climate ambitions

Climate policy will again take centre stage in 2021, with the European Commission expected to table a mammoth package of green laws in June, before the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow caps off a year packed with milestones for European climate policy in December.

EU seeks 2030 climate deal by delaying decision on details

As negotiations between European Union countries on a tougher climate change target stretched into Thursday evening, leaders turned to a potential compromise that would postpone to 2021 decisions on the finer points of the deal.

MEP Canfin: EU countries must face sanctions for non-compliance with climate goals

As negotiations on the EU's proposed climate law enter the home straight, Pascal Canfin highlights the European Parliament's red lines in talks with EU member states.
Energy 26-10-2020

Delivering a net-zero economy

Mid-century climate targets are feasible but decisive action needs to be taken in the 2020s to put the world onto the right trajectory, writes Sandrine Dixson-Declève.

EU environment ministers strike deal on climate law, leave out 2030 target

European Union environment ministers struck a deal on Friday (23 October) to make the bloc's 2050 net-zero emissions target legally binding, but left a decision on a 2030 emissions-cutting target for leaders to discuss in December.
Climate change 19-10-2020

Let scientists guide us in the fight against climate change

Scientists have proved vital in the push to control COVID-19. We should also use them to tackle climate change, argues Alina Averchenkova.

EU Climate Law: ‘In nobody’s interest for Germany to ‘fall flat on its face’, says Renew MEP

After long negotiations, MEPs voted on Tuesday (6 October) in favour of further increasing the bloc's emissions target to 60% by 2030. In a double-interview with EURACTIV Germany, two German MEPs discuss what this could mean for the EU and Germany, as well as how the new target could be achieved.

EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (6 October) to update the EU’s climate target for 2030, backing a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40% currently.
Climate change 05-10-2020

MEP Canfin: ‘Fighting the climate crisis is the challenge of our generation’

The European Parliament will vote Tuesday (6 October) on the EU’s proposed Climate Law, which seeks to put Europe on track to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050. “I expect the vote to be very tight,” says lawmaker Pascal Canfin.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2020

European climate law: How to reach climate neutrality?

With its Climate Law, Europe will be the first continent in the world to have a climate neutrality target for 2050. Whilst this will produce a positive environmental impact, it is expected that some sectors will suffer economically with job...
Climate change 01-07-2020

The Climate Law cannot compromise with the laws of physics

Given the non-linear and irreversible nature of climate change, relying on uncertain future technologies like carbon capture and storage is hazardous and only delays urgent actions that need to be taken now, write Laurent Hubert, Jean-Noël Geist and Adrien Jahier.
Climate change 09-06-2020

In the right direction but lacking ambition: The Spanish Climate Change and Energy Transition Bill

If the European Green Deal is going to be EU’s recovery strategy from the coronavirus crisis, the Spanish climate and energy bill is not ambitious enough, writes Ana Barreira.

EU lawmakers debate 65% climate target proposal

The European Parliament's environment committee discussed for the first time on Thursday (28 May) a proposal by Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland to set an EU-wide CO2 reduction target of 65% by 2030. EURACTIV Germany reports.