Meeting the new 2030 emissions targets: how do we get there?
Alongside the ambition of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, President von der Leyen’s Commission has made clear its aim of ensuring a ‘just transition’ for all European citizens and territories. Vice-President Frans Timmermans has explicitly stated that it was the EU’s responsibility to “make sure nobody is left behind” in the transition.
However, some Member States argue that the European Commission’s proposal to increase the 2030 target to 55% does not adequately reflect their different starting points. Moreover, they consider that the proposal does not provide sufficient burden-sharing mechanisms based on the compensations for the Member States with coal-dependent economies.
The latest vote in the European Parliament in favour of increasing the target to 60% brings an even bigger challenge for the Member States with higher greenhouse gas emissions and lower GDP per capita. These Member States are concerned that the burden of the transition cost will not be evenly distributed across the European Union which might reinforce or even create new inequalities within the EU.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how to mitigate possible side effects of the energy transition.
Michal Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment, Poland
Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Morten Petersen, ITRE Committee Vice-Chair, European Parliament
Robert Jeszke, Head of Strategy, Analysis and Auction Unit, IOS-PIB/KOBiZE, LIFE Climate CAKE PL Project Coordinator
Pawel Cioch, Member of the Management Board, PKEE
Frédéric Simon, Energy Editor, EURACTIV
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:45 Keynote speech
09:45 – 10:00 Panellists statements
10:00 – 10:40 Discussion and Q&A
10:40 – 10:45 Closing statements
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Further analysis into the impact of tougher climate goals on EU member states is needed before Poland can sign up to the European Commission’s proposed 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030, a senior Polish minister has said.