Climate neutrality to be made obligatory by 2050 in all member states

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The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety within the Europen Parliament adopted their report on the EU climate law with 46 votes for, 18 against and 17 abstentions.

In a statement released on Friday the European Parliament said that the MEPs support the EU climate law’s overall aim to enshrine the climate neutrality goal by 2050 in EU legislation but at the same time, they request a more ambitious 2030 target.

The MEPs have called for emissions to be reduced by 60% in 2030 compared to 1990, instead of “at least 50% towards 55%”, as the Euroepan Commission proposed. They also want an interim target for 2040 to be proposed by the Commission following an impact assessment, to ensure the EU is on track to reach its 2050 target.

MEPs have also called on the European Commission to propose by 31st May 2023 a direction at EU level on how to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 through the ordinary decision-making procedure.

MEPs also request that the Commission assesses and proposes amendments to all relevant EU legislation that contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The European Parliamet also said that the Environment Committee MEPs have requested the Commission to issue a report every two years on the progress made by EU and member states towards achieving the climate targets.

Also, an independent scientific body should be created to monitor progress.

The MEPs said that the EU and member states must also phase out all direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies by 31 December 2025 at the latest, underlining the need to continue efforts to combat energy poverty.

Finally, the Environment Committee said it will ensure that the climate law remains aligned with efforts to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5°C, in accordance with the Paris Agreement.