A new study by Ecologic Institute analyses the national climate laws in eight EU Member States (France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and in the UK. It identifies a set of common elements and good practices that can inform national climate laws and the debate on an EU climate law. In order to manage the mammoth task of rewiring their economic structures to become climate neutral, governments worldwide need new tools to organise their actions and are increasingly turning to national climate laws as an answer.
European Climate Foundation 4th Feb 2020 read more »
As Greta Thunberg blasted the EU’s climate law “surrender”, she had another important message to broadcast. “Until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus then we must forget about net zero or ‘carbon neutrality’,” the 17-year-old activist wrote in a letter to the bloc’s leaders. “We need real zero.” The Swede was highlighting an often ignored, but increasingly critical part of Paris Agreement pledges – carbon capture and storage. As the EU celebrated its 2050 net zero target to reduce global warming to 2°C, Ms Thunberg asked how we can possibly continue burning fossil fuels now and defer drastic mitigation until later.
Independent 6th March 2020 read more »