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EU ‘climate leaders’ praised on goal-setting but falling short on detail

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Finland, Sweden, Portugal, France and Germany are often seen as “climate leaders” when it comes to setting ambitious carbon reduction objectives for 2050.

 

However, they lack concrete measures to achieve them, according to new analysis published today 4th July 2019.

 

Last month, the European Commission issued its recommendations on the draft national energy and climate plans (NECPs) submitted by the 28 EU member states to achieve their 2030 objectives.

 

According to new research by the PlanUp project coordinated by Carbon Market Watch, an environmental NGO, there is a lack of concrete policies and measures in the transport, buildings and agricultural sectors.

 

Concerning the transport sector, these countries largely fail to recognise the importance of tackling emissions from heavy-duty transport, shipping and aviation.

 

Concerning the building sector, they are not planning for deep renovation and energy efficiency improvements. Germany stood out in this area however, because it set goals to achieve carbon-neutral buildings by 2050.

 

Moreover, with the exception of France and Portugal, “agriculture is again largely omitted” from the draft national plans. EU countries have until the end of the year to submit revised versions of their draft national energy and climate plans (NECPs).

 

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