Today, President Obama announced his climate action plan, stating that American cannot resist the transition to sustainable energy sources – it must lead it to maintain economic vitality. In this context Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chair of the European Green Party states:
"Many in the EU have been saying for a long time, that we cannot increase our climate and energy ambitions unless others do the same. Now others are moving. The US is increasing its ambition with its climate action plan (and by the way so is China). With the watered down ETS backloading proposal, Europe on the other hand is instead downsizing its ambition. This is deeply troubling. Is Europe willing to give up climate policy and energy transition leadership, and the tech leadership we’ve enjoyed so far?
“Leadership comes from clearly marching ahead of others with ambitious targets and policies. The US has thrown down the gauntlet, stating that it wants to lead the energy and climate transition and make its economy fit for the future. This is our wake up call. The EU needs to meet this challenge head on and reinvigorate its energy and climate policy, with a 30% CO2 reduction targets for 2020 and ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030. Building competitiveness on the basis of sustainability and advocating a Renaissance of Industry for a Sustainable Europe – RISE – that’s our Green contribution to the challenge.