The European Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

On 28 November 2018, the European Commission published in a communication its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All. A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.

The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research. It will build on the new energy policy framework established under the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.

The purpose of this long-term strategy is not to set targets, but to create a vision and sense of direction, plan for it, and inspire as well as enable stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.

The road to a climate neutral economy would require joint action in seven strategic areas:

  • energy efficiency
  • deployment of renewables
  • clean, safe and connected mobility
  • competitive industry and circular economy
  • infrastructure and interconnections
  • bio-economy and natural carbon sinks
  • carbon capture and storage to address remaining emissions.

Benefits from zero emission buildings, in both residential and services sectors are clearly addressed in the strategy. To this end, the communication stresses the need to achieve and sustain higher renovation rates of the existing building stock, with tools such as energy efficiency digitalisation, home automation and smart appliances, improved construction materials. The document also highlights that an integrated approach and consistency across all relevant policies will be necessary for the modernisation of the built environment and mobilisation of all actors. Consumer engagement, including through consumer associations, will be a key element in this process.

The communication can be downloaded here.

Source: European Commission © European Union, 1995-2018