Reacting to the European Climate law published today by the European Commission, ClientEarth lawyer Jonathan Church said: “Enshrining in law the ambition to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is hugely significant. But to ensure we meet that target, this law needs some key additions.
“Creating a carbon reduction trajectory to 2050 is a welcome innovation, and a necessary part of keeping the EU and its Member States on track. But without concrete mechanisms to hold the bloc to that trajectory, this approach is unlikely to deliver the climate neutrality that’s the reason this law has been written.
“The Commission is tasked with holding Member States accountable but without independent monitoring and public scrutiny there is no guarantee that this will really happen. To this end, a new independent expert body should be established and the public be given the right to voice their views if the Commission falls short.
“The EU has a decisive decade ahead of it, one that requires transformative action to be taken by all its members. That means the trajectory towards 2050 should start now, not in ten years’ time. If the EU does not go full-speed on decarbonisation now, we risk locking in even more irreversible climate change.”