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Emissions Reduction

Greenhouse gas emissions, which are produced by fossil fuels, agriculture, transport and other sectors, cause climate change.

We haven't done enough to reduce those emissions and tackle climate change. This has led to a climate crisis. The crisis now threatens the world’s peoples, nature and ecosystems.

What is the EU doing?

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, the EU and 195 countries committed to try and limit global warming to 1.5° C.  For the EU, this means reducing emissions by 65% by 2030 - much more than the current 40% target.

The EU's 2030 climate target must be increased rapidly, in time for the COP26 climate summit in November 2020. 

EU leaders have agreed to reach zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. WWF believes this must be reached by 2040. Achieving climate neutrality requires strong policies, measures and actions today.

What WWF is doing

WWF is campaigning for a strong and ambitious long-term climate strategy to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

In line with this goal, the EU's 2030 climate target should be increased to 65% emissions reductions.   

WWF works on several areas to help cut EU emissions: EU climate targets, national energy and climate plans, coal and the just transition to climate neutrality, industrial decarbonisation.