The European Commission’s Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, published on 27 March, launched a consultation on a series of questions about the future of EU climate and energy policies, including the priorities for an EU-wide framework and the need for supporting targets for 2030.
The UK believes the EU should adopt an ambitious emissions reduction target for 2030, delivered in a flexible, technology neutral way, supported by a robust, reformed emissions trading system, and underpinned by a global agreement in 2015. The framework should be designed to achieve the most cost-effective emissions reductions. We believe this means that the EU should:
- adopt a unilateral EU wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 40% for 2030;
- make an offer to move to a target of up to 50% in the context of a global comprehensive agreement on climate change;
- urgently deliver structural reform of the EU ETS, on the basis of legislative proposals from the European Commission, put forward well before the end of this year;
- continue to work towards completion of the single energy market in line with recent European Council Conclusions;
- not include a renewable energy target or mandatory energy efficiency target, either of which risk pre-judging the cost effective pathway to 2030 GHG outcomes; and
- continue with key enabling actions including support for R&D and product standards.
The consultation is available on the EC website.