Today, March 4, the European Commission has presented its proposal for a European Climate Law to enshrine in the legislation the political commitment of the EU to be climate-neutral by 2050. This law is the central element of the European Green Deal and includes measures to monitor progress and adjust actions accordingly.
The new law also includes the idea of incorporating a trajectory of successive intermediate reduction objectives. Thus, the Commission has informed that on the basis of an exhaustive impact assessment, a new EU objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 will be proposed. The Climate Law will be modified once the impact assessment has been concluded.
In addition, not later than June 2021, the Commission will review all relevant policy instruments to achieve additional emission reductions by 2030. In September 2023, and subsequently every five years, the Commission will review the coherence of national and EU measures with the objective of climate neutrality and the trajectory of 2030-2050.
At the same time, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future European Climate Pact, constituting an initiative aimed at involving citizens and stakeholders in the formulation of new actions for climate, information exchange, the implementation of grassroots activities and the presentation of solutions that others can follow. The consultation will last twelve weeks and the deadline will open until May 27th 2020.