The European Commission has unveiled its much-anticipated plan for a “climate-neutral Europe” on Wednesday (28 November), in an effort to show EU countries how to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement and endorse a shared long-term strategy. In the strategy, obtained by EURACTIV, EU capitals will have a choice of eight different scenarios that range from business-as-usual emission cuts to net-zero options. The Paris Agreement obligates its signatories to finalise long-term plans by the beginning of 2020. But EU climate boss Miguel Arias Cañete told EURACTIV that “climate neutrality by 2050 is, of course, the preferred option. It’s feasible and it’s necessary. We have all the tools to be ambitious.” Cañete added that “in the months ahead, these scenarios must be studied in detail, so that we achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 in the most cost-effective way”. As far as the Spanish Commissioner is concerned, that rules out all but two of the proposed scenarios.
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