2050 targets

The Paris Agreement on climate change has committed its signatories to peaking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible and translates into “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”

The European Commission has been asked by the European Council in March 2018, to present by the first quarter of 2019 a proposal for a strategy for long-term EU GHG emissions reductions that are in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

The European Commission is in the process of developing a 2050 energy and climate strategy. The EU is the first major power to show how it intends to reach the Paris Agreement, which will send an important signal to the rest of the world.

In T&E we are working on this process with two main goals:

  1. To ensure that the overall 2050 is target is truly compliant with the Paris Agreement and put the EU in a trajectory to decarbonise before the middle of the century.
  2. To guarantee that transport is properly reflected throughout the process as the sector with largest emission while showing all existing and potential decarbonisation options in the sector. This includes providing technical input to the on-going modelling exercise to prevent transport from being depicted both unbearable and unaffordable.