The European Union has unveiled a slew of climate change ideas aimed at achieving its 2050 target of carbon neutrality.
On Wednesday, the EU announced a dozen draft ideas that must still be adopted by the bloc’s 27 member states and the EU parliament.
Within 20 years, they want to charge jet fuel and virtually restrict the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.
The proposals, on the other hand, might be subject to years of debate.
According to the AFP news agency, the plans sparked major infighting at the European Commission, the bloc’s administrative arm, while the final modifications were being made.
On Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “By acting now, we can do things differently… and select a better, healthier, and more successful course for the future.”
“It is our generational responsibility to ensure not only our generation’s but also our children’s and grandchildren’s well-being. Europe is prepared to take the lead.”
Household heating expenditures would undoubtedly rise as a result of the measures, as will the cost of flights inside the EU. People who want to add insulation or make other long-term repairs to their homes will be able to get financial help.
EU climate policy leader Frans Timmermans said, “We’re going to ask a lot of our population.” “We’ll be asking a lot of our industries, but it’ll be for a good purpose.
It’s what we do to give humanity a fighting shot.”
Some sector giants, such as airlines and vehicle makers, as well as eastern member states that rely largely on coal, are expected to object.
According to Reuters, the package’s success will hinge on its capacity to be realistic and socially fair while also not destabilizing the economy.
They stated, “The goal is to put the economy on a new level, not to stop it.”
The Fit for 55 packages of measures, branded as the EU’s most aggressive plan ever to combat climate change, would put the bloc on track to fulfill its 2030 objective of lowering emissions by 55 percent from 1990 levels.
By 2019, the EU had reduced its emissions by 24% from 1990.
The following are some of the most important proposals:
- Tougher automotive pollution standards, which are likely to put a stop to new gasoline and diesel vehicle sales by 2035.
- A levy on aviation fuel and a 10-year tax break for low-carbon alternatives are being considered.
- A so-called carbon border tariff, which would make it more expensive for manufacturers outside the EU to import resources such as steel and concrete.
- More ambitious ambitions for renewable energy expansion across the EU
A demand that countries renovate buildings that are not certified energy-efficient more quickly.
- However, the business lobby BusinessEurope has slammed the idea, claiming that it “significantly risks destabilizing the investment picture” for industries like steel, cement, aluminum, fertilizers, and electric power.
The head of the International Air Transport Association, Willie Walsh, said: “As a global business, aviation is dedicated to decarbonization. To drive change, we don’t need persuasion or punitive measures like taxes.”
Environmentalists, on the other hand, have claimed that the ideas do not go far enough.
The goals are part of a global effort to combat climate change by reducing pollution in the atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The Paris climate agreement, reached in 2016, intends to keep global temperature rise far below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably under 1.5 degrees Celsius, to avoid the worst effects of climate change.