On March 27 2013 the European Commission launched its Consultation Paper on 'A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies'. The Commission is currently engaged in a major review of EU climate and energy law. Although the EU has made a political commitment to reduce EU green house gas emissions by 85-90% by 2050, the legal framework driving the decarbonisation process only extends to 2020. The current review is about whether and how best to extend that legal framework to 2030 – which is a critical milestone in the pathway to 2050.
In ClientEarth's detailed response, the discrepancies, inadequacies and failings but also strengths of the current 2020 framework are highlighted. Most importantly ClientEarth has submitted analytical proposals for the reform and extension of the legal framework until 2030 for nearly all aspects of climate and energy law. We have stressed the importance of a coherent, legally binding and enforceable framework that is translated into three ambitious binding targets for GHG emissions, renewable energy and energy savings in order to drive Europe's complete decarbonisation by 2050. ClientEarth have demonstrated how this transition could be achieved and at the same time without hampering economic growth but rather complimenting or even driving sustainable economic growth.
|Published||July 2, 2013|