The Clean Energy for All package has agreed ambition climate and energy policies and standards.
When implemented it will mean that by 2030, in the EU:
Having reached 30% renewables in electricity in 2017, the EU agrees on a world-record target of 55% renewable electricity (on average across the EU) by 2030.
The new EU Governance Regulation sets strong and binding rules for Member States that require them to make 2030 climate and energy plans consistent with the EU’s 2050 goals. The EU commission proposes that the EU adopt a goal to become climate neutral by 2050.
The EU agrees on new market-design rules that new coal power plants will not be able to receive subsidies starting in 2020. Existing coal power plants will lose financial support as of 2025.
The EU agrees that energy demand in 2030 must be 32.5% lower than in 2005 with an annual national energy savings obligation of 0.8% annually through 2050.
The EU agrees on a deal to reduce CO2 from new cars by 37.5% during 2021-2030. 30-40% of car sales will need to be electric. If fully implemented, this will put emissions (per kilometre) on a trajectory towards zero in 2050. EU institutions also agree on a 30% reduction of CO2 for new trucks by 2030.
50,000 people joined a march to preserve Hambach Forest in the biggest anti-coal, pro-climate demonstration in Germany to date.
Record high (84%) public concerns about climate change put the coal phase-out of the country by 2030 high on the public agenda in Poland.
More than 160 Members of Parliament of all parties, including more than 50 Conservatives, wrote to the Prime Minister to set in law a target to reduce UK emissions to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2019, Ministers will receive formal advice on whether to raise the ambition of the UK’s overall climate targets.
Unprecedent movement of citizens supporting climate action emerging in France: more than 2 million signed the petition supporting the “Affaire du Siècle”, a litigation process against the French state because of climate inaction, making it the most signed petition ever in France.
The IPCC 1.5°C report made it clear that the next ten years will be crucial to ensure we can limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C and avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, and that the solution lay in rapidly decarbonising the global economy.
The UN climate talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, helped make the Paris Agreement a reality by agreeing on much of its “rulebook", or guidelines for how countries should implement the deal. Crucially, the Katowice text reiterated the 2020 deadline for countries to update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which helps maintain the pressure for further action in 2019. COP24 also helped amplify, on the international stage, a number of important discussions on the Just Transition and the need to phase out the burning of coal.