European Commission presents its proposal for Climate Law and launches a public consultation on Climate Pact
On 4 March 2020, the European Commission presented its proposal for European Climate Law to establish a legal framework to reach the Green Deal goal for Europe to become climate neutral by 2050. The proposal aims to ensure that all EU initiatives are in line with the Green Deal objectives and that all sectors of society and economy will do their share. On the same day a public consultation on European Climate Pact was opened.

Via Climate Law, the Commission proposes a legally binding target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a monitoring system for following the progress to ensure that Europe is on track to reach the goal. It also presents necessary steps to be taken in order to reach the 2050 target. These steps include, among others, a proposal for a new EU target for 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction and a requirement for Member States to develop and implement adaptation strategies to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

A roadmap on the European climate law was published by the Commission in January 2020. CEPF feedback on the roadmap can be found here.

On 4 March, European Commission also launched a public consultation on European Climate Pact with feedback period until 27 May. This initiative aims to commit citizens and communities in concrete actions for climate and environment through a range of activities. In selected areas of activities, the Commission could provide targeted support such as awareness-raising, advice and possibly funding. As a start, the Commission proposes following three areas that could receive support: energy efficiency in buildings, low-carbon mobility in cities and initiatives for tree-planting, nature regeneration and creating urban green areas. The consultation also inquires possible interest in having joint green procurement further encouraged and developed in the EU.

After the consultation, the Commission will use the inputs to prepare the Climate Pact which will be launched ahead of the UN climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November 2020.

For more information about the Climate Pact, please visit here.