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.
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.