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CLIMATE & ENERGY

The world is facing a climate emergency

The impacts of climate change are already being felt around the world. July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. Urgent action is needed. 

In 2015, 195 countries, including the EU, signed the Paris climate agreement.

We committed to keeping global warming well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to keep it to 1.5° C.

The EU’s climate and energy targets are not in line with these goals.

It is not enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieve zero net emissions "as soon as possible".

The 32% renewables target and 32.5% energy efficiency targets for 2030 are also far too low. 

WWF believes that the EU should aim to reach zero emissions by 2040 to uphold the Paris Agreement and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

"Reaching net zero emissions by 2040 in the EU is essential if we are to uphold the Paris Agreement and limit devastating climate change.”

 
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Imke Lübbeke
Head of Climate and Energy
WWF European Policy Office

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What WWF is doing

WWF is advocating and campaigning for:
  • the 2030 climate and energy targets to be made more ambitious - including a 65% emissions reductions target
  • a strong EU mid-century strategy which aims to reach zero net emissions by 2040
  • an ambitious industrial decarbonisation policy;
  • EU countries to phase out fossil fuels and their subsidies rapidly, beginning with coal;
  • finance for clean technologies, for the just transition, and for adaptation, loss and damage and scaled up climate action.

Contacts

Imke Luebbeke
Head, EU Climate and Energy Policy
+32 2 743 88 18

Sarah Azau
Media manager
+32 473 57 31 37
@SarahAzau

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These 7 Golden Rules can guide regional and national authorities as they go about putting in place a 'just transition' to such a society.


We call on the European Commission to adopt these guidelines. This will help ensure a just and sustainable transition beyond coal and in line with the EU's obligations under the UN Paris Climate Agreement for all.

Read the seven golden rules