Europe - European Climate Policy between Ambition and Disappointment

Edmond Grace, JESC’s secretary for ecology and justice, gives an overview on the achievements and challenges of European climate policy. Not all news relating to climate change is bad. The EU is on track to meet its emissions reduction target of 20% by next year. In fact, there was a 22% reduction of emissions between 1990 and 2017 while the economy grew by 28% over the same period. The main driver behind the emission reductions is innovation, including progress on renewable energy and energy efficiency. All of the above appears on the official website of the European Union ( www.europa.eu ) which also tells us that 2020 target excludes emissions from the land sector but includes emissions from international aviation. Read more…