The EU wants to maintain its leadership on global efforts to combat climate change. On 23-24 October, leaders of the EU’s national governments set targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the share of renewables in energy use and improvements in energy efficiency by 2030. The 40% target for CO2 reduction will play an important role in affecting the level of ambition for global emissions reductions targets due to be agreed at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Paris at the end of 2015.
The next event in the CommentVisions series will be a chance to take stock of the deal on the targets reached at the October summit and assess the likely follow-up of the European Commission. This will cover legislative proposals, including new governance mechanisms to ensure that national governments meet their targets, and plans for funds for modernisation and innovation in the energy sector. The debate will be a chance to discuss how the EU’s commitments will feed into the Paris negotiations and what impact they are likely to have on the final outcome.