Another all nighter Of EU Council Commission and Parlement left the Commission to have to put forward a proposal to design a 2050 EU strategy for greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreementby 1 April 2019 and to be published after the IPCC issues its special report on how to meet the 1.5°C warming target. The proposal will include an analysis of:

  • The remaining “carbon budget” at global and EU level in order to keep global warming “well below 2°C” and close to 1.5°C; and
  • Scenarios for the EU’s contribution towards the objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and negative emission afterwards.
  • A net-zero objective “as early as possible”

Commission officials are expected to work through the summer break to get the strategy completed by the end-of-year climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, in December. In addition EU member states will have to present long-term decarbonisation strategies for 2050, in parallel with the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) they have already committed to prepare at national level by 31 December 2018. The national 2050 plans will have to be presented  end by 2019.

Photo: the last HRS in the world : Orkan Iceland, on June 15, 2018 opened two atations