On Wednesday, April 21, an agreement was concluded in Brussels on the EU’s climate goals for 2030 and 2050. The agreements assume that the European Union will adopt the so-called Climate Law has a target of reducing CO2 emissions of at least 55% by 2030 compared to base year 1990 emissions. This is more than the CO2 reduction target (40%) that the EU agreed in 2018.
There was also a commitment to achieve climate neutrality, i.e. zero net CO2 emissions by 2050, but this target is to apply only at the EU level and no decision was made to adopt such a commitment individually at the level of EU countries.
In connection with the agreements adopted, a new institution is to be established in the European Union to advise the EU authorities on climate matters. It will be composed of 15 experts nominated for 4-year terms.
Bringing the agreed goals into EU law will still require the formal consent of the European Council and the European Parliament.