Back in October 2014, EU leaders agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies – aimed at making both the EU economy and its energy system more sustainable, secure and competitive – with a ‘domestic’ 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels. Here, the renowned German Fraunhofer Institute helps to make this abstract statement much more concrete by putting numbers to this 1990 baseline: “In 1990, nearly 993 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide were emitted into the atmosphere as a result of human activities, the largest proportion of which came from generating electricity and heat.”
Additional critical building blocks of the 2030 policy framework for climate and energy include the EU member states’ commitment to increase the share of renewable energy sources to at least 27 per cent of energy consumption by 2030 in addition to improving energy efficiency with an indicative target at the EU level of at least 27 per cent. The European Council is expected to review the latter indicative target in 2020 and then aim a bit higher.
So, is the EU as a whole making adequate progress towards meeting its stated climate-related goals? And if so, which are the countries leading the pack – Germany, the self-perceived global leader in climate protection? Two recent studies provide interesting insight into these questions.
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