At the end of 2019, the European Commission announced their intention to pursue a new growth strategy for Europe, that will address the existential threat of climate change. The European Green Deal is intended to be the path forward for “transform[ing] the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy” with “no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050; economic growth ..decoupled from resource use; and no person and no place.. left behind”
BUT. And it’s a big but! The EU Council, made up of the member states heads of government, is not aligned with the Parliament’s position of tackling the 1.5 degree climate goal. So now the Climate Law must be decided in the Trilogue negotiations between the European Council, the Parliament and the Commission. They have not yet come to a decision, and the fate of the EU’s climate policy hangs in the balance. We’ve got to let our heads of government know that we want an ambitious and effective climate law.