The European Council ended the European climate law's adoption procedure and set into legislation the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050.
This step transforms the European Green Deal’s political commitment to EU climate neutrality by 2050 into a binding obligation, which means that the EU will aim for negative emissions afterwards.
Parliament rapporteur Jytte Guteland (S&D, Sweden) said:
“I am proud that we finally have a climate law.
We confirmed a net emissions reductions target of at least 55%, closer to 57% by 2030, according to our agreement with the Commission.
I would have preferred to go even further, but this is a good deal based on science that will make a big difference.
The EU must now reduce emissions more in the next decade than it has in the previous three decades combined, and we have new and more ambitious targets that can inspire more countries to step up.”