Scaling Up Climate Action in the European Union

In a recent press briefing at COP24, Navigant discussed ways to achieve Paris Agreement goals

Scaling up climate action in the electric supply, residential buildings, and passenger road transport sectors could help the European Union (EU) reduce emission by more than 50% by 2030. These three sectors account for around 60% of the EU28’s emissions.

Through the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) partnership, Navigant partnered with Climate Analytics and NewClimate Institute to produce Scaling Up Climate Action: European Union. The report is the second in the CAT’s new series of analyses that identifies the most promising sectoral pathways for countries to achieve Paris Agreement 1.5˚C compatibility.

The experts presented the report’s recent findings during the Climate Action Tracker Press Conference at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

Key findings from the report include:

  • By the middle of 2018, ten of the 28 EU member states — accounting for 26% of EU coal capacity — had already set 2030 coal phase-out goals.
  • New EU policies — including the binding target of 32% for the share of renewable energy in overall total energy demand — would lead to a 48% share of renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030.
  • The Paris Agreement 1.5˚C-compatible scenario would create up to 350,000 additional direct jobs between 2020 and 2030 in the electricity sector alone.
  • To decarbonize its passenger road transport sector, the EU needs to increase the share of electric vehicles (or other emissions-free vehicles) in new car sales from today’s 2% to 100% in 2035, apply stringent CO2 emissions intensity standards for new vehicles, and increase public transport.

“Road transport is responsible for 30% of the EU’s NOx emissions,” said Yvonne Deng, associate director leading the project at Navigant. “Decarbonizing the transport sector would not only help the EU become Paris Agreement-compatible, it would also significantly decrease the EU’s reliance on energy imports, and help reduce air and noise pollution.”

Download the analysis from climateactiontracker.org

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