Tuesday, 18 March 2014

EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: ..............................." What is at Stake?"

The European Union will be looking at climate change later this week:
Futures Forum: Storms and flooding >> climate change >> cutting carbon ... ... from the UK Met Office to the EU summit

The US and EU hope to work together on the issue:
Obama and EU poised for climate change collaboration - 17 Mar 2014 - Analysis from BusinessGreen
Obama, EU to stand together on climate change draft | Reuters

What exactly is at stake?
Here's a German perspective - from the notion of the 'Energiewende':
Futures Forum: “Energiewende” – energy transformation... reducing dependence on fossil fuels and changing the role of the large traditional utilities.

The EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: What is at Stake for the Global Climate?

05 Mar 2014   by editor   Comments (0)
In the coming months the European Union will lay the foundation of its European climate and energy policies for the next decade. The EU’s decisions on its climate and energy framework until 2030 will also have major impacts on the international climate trajectory in the run-up to COP21 in Paris. Silvia Brugger explains how the EU’s 2030 decisions will influence the global fight against climate change.
NGO EU2030 protest
NGO Action on the day of the EU Commission’s launch of their 2030 climate and energy proposals. (Photo by CAN EuropeCC BY-NC 2.0)

The current state of play: not much appetite for climate action

On 22 January, the European Commission presented its proposals for the 2030 climate and energy framework including a new reduction target for domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 40% compared to 1990, an EU-wide target for renewable energy of at least 27%, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. They also proposed a “market stability reserve” for the failing EU emissions trading scheme (only starting in 2021) as well as minimum principles for shale gas. A decision on renewed ambitions for energy efficiency has been delayed.
The influential industry lobby pushed hard to water down any ambition and successfully spread the narrative that, in the aftermath of the economic crisis, European leaders have to put a brake on climate action. As a result – and while it could even have been worse – the Commission’s proposals are far from being adequate to tackle the global climate crisis. There are an increasing number of EU leaders, including Commission President Barroso, that want to weaken their commitment to renewables and instead plead for a “low carbon technology mix” including nuclear and CCS (i.e. business as usual in line with the interests of conventional industries).
The EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: What is at Stake for the Global Climate? – German Energy Transition

Other organisations have expressed concern:

European Leaders Must Take Concrete Action To Avoid Devastating Climate Change, Warns CARE

Open letter to European leaders ahead of EU and UN climate summits demands more rapid emissions reductions and renewed political commitment to tackle climate crisis, now life and death issue for world’s poorest people.
3 March, 2014: Ahead of a crucial 20-21 March summit on Europe’s Climate and Energy plans, humanitarian and development organisation CARE International is urging European leaders to take bold steps to tackle climate change - or risk a growing ‘life and death’ crisis for people living in poverty around the world.
European leaders must take concrete action to avoid devastating climate change | CARE International

EU: Give children the future they deserve

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