EU Green Deal – already needs scaling up

by Felix von Geyer, Madrid

European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans called for patience on raising EU climate ambition Thursday during a press conference.

Earlier he scribed the European Union’s Green Deal target to be net carbon neutral by 2050 as ‘an offer.’ The target also allowed for a ‘sustainable future,’ he said.

However, Timmermans stated that the Green Deal was compiled using ‘all the analysis we had available,’ in response to a two-pronged question from New Orator. Recent work by the International Energy Agency has suggested offshore wind energy could provide eighteen times current world energy demand. The 1.5 degrees Report produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggested that the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold the Paris Agreement seeks to avoid surpassing will likely be ac sieved around 2027 without serious abatement of global emissions.

Timmermans acknowledged that ‘even a 55% emissions reductions not enough’ but asked for patience and ‘please allow us to do these analyses’ and to see by the summer 2020 what more the Commission could do in scaling up the ambition of its new Green Deal.


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