The European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy has confirmed that the European Union (EU) will aim for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Writing in a blog post, Miguel Arias Canete said a public consultation will be launched in the coming weeks.

The previous target was an 80-95% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.

The commission is due to publish its long-term strategy in January 2019.

Energy efficiency measures

Canete said: “We are very close to achieving our self-imposed 2020 target of 20% in energy efficiency savings across the EU.

“However, now is not the time for complacency: we need to accelerate our efforts considerably and raise our ambition, if we want the EU to successfully drive the global clean energy transition, meet its energy and climate targets and be in the vanguard of the fight to save our planet.

“While all these political initiatives are important and will provide a number of incentives, the real change must be led by society itself.”

> Read the blog post

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