European Commission increasingly isolated over lack of post-Paris ambition

The EU’s assessment of what it needs to do on CO2 emissions between now and 2030 is far removed from the targets in the Paris Agreement.

The EU executive’s assessment of the global climate deal published in March 2016 failed to make any mention of the need to revise the EU’s 2030 targets to keep global warming below 2 Degrees C, let alone below the 1.5 Degrees C advised by Europe in Paris.

Instead, the Commission seems to be happy to float along and leave the world on track to experience at least 3 Degrees C or more of warming. NGOs, citizens, local authorities, trade unions, businesses, the electricity sector and faith groups increasingly call for the EU to bring its climate and energy policies in line with the Paris agreement.