Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 250

Europe will not reach climate neutrality by 2050 without its cities and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2019

Head of the first sitting of the new European Parliament, public opinion is increasingly shaping the climate debate. As weekly protests recall, climate ambition is currently insufficient to reverse global warming. Likewise, EU cities and regions are calling for higher targets and resources to fast track Europe’s sustainable energy transition. On Member Sates’ National Energy and Climate Plans, the CoR denounces a lack of permanent multi-level dialogue with local and regional governments as specified by the Energy Union Governance. The European Committee of the Regions has adopted by unanimity the opinion of Michele Emiliano (IT/PES), President of the Puglia region, concerning ‘A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy’. The opinion includes a set of proposals that contribute to the EU 2050 climate neutral strategy presented by the European Commission in November 2018.
The CoR asks to raise the share of the EU budget spent on climate to at least 30%, recalling the importance of an effective “energy taxation” to ensure a coordinated, coherent and timely response to climate change.Members support revising the 32% target for renewable energy at EU level in the light of technological developments with a view to reaching 40% by 2030 in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.The CoR proposes to create a ‘European climate neutrality observatory’, aimed at mapping and monitoring the vulnerabilities of the different territories to the energy transition. Members declare their availability to cooperate with the European Commission on a structure for technical exchanges regarding the implementation of the Clean Energy Package.The EU’s Assembly of cities and regions requests to systematically involve regions and local authorities in the implementation of SDGs, the Paris agreement and COP25 preparatory work, including a CoR representative as observer in all UNFCCC bodies.
The CoR’s opinion emphasises the need to reinforce the link between climate policies and air quality and the direct impact these have on citizens’ health. Decarbonisation is the most effective preventive policy for protecting citizens’ health, members agree. The European Environment Agency estimates 483,000 premature deaths occur in Europe every year due to air pollution.Member States presented drafts of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) last 31 December 2018.NECPs include countries’ planning tools to contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union objectives, mainly the 2030 energy and climate targets. Last week, the European Commission presented NECPs country assessments. Final NECPs need to be delivered by the end of this year.

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