‘Fit for 55’: delivering the EU’s 2030 Climate Target on the way to climate neutrality

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Publication Date 14/07/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, providing an overview and reasoning for a package of legislative initiatives aimed at making policies put forward by the European Union (EU) on climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation fire for reducing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels), in line with the objectives set out by the Commission's European Green Deal.

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The European Green Deal was presented in December 2019 and it set the goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The European Climate Law enshrined in binding legislation the EU's commitment to climate neutrality and the intermediate target of reducing net GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030. This objective was communicated to the UNFCCC in December 2020 as the EU's contribution to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

This Communication provides the reasoning and overview to the so-called Fit for 55 Package, a package of legislative initiatives aimed delivering on the objectives. It provides the linkages between the different proposals and explains to toolbox of policy measures chosen. It presents how the package strikes a balance between fairness, emissions reductions, and competitiveness and illustrates how the different policies work together.

The package introduces amendments to existing pieces of legislation and also presents new initiatives, across a range of policy areas and sectors:

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2021:550:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
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ETUC: ETUC resolution on “Fit for 55” package (26 March 2021) https://www.etuc.org/en/document/etuc-resolution-fit-55-package
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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): News, 09/07/2021: Fit for 55%: what is expected, and what is WWF calling for? https://www.wwf.eu/?uNewsID=3999966
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EUObserver: Analysis, 13/07/2021: 'Fit for 55': what is it, and why now? https://euobserver.com/climate/152419
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Bruegel: Blog, 14/07/2021: Fit for 55 marks Europe’s climate moment of truth https://www.bruegel.org/2021/07/fit-for-55-marks-europes-climate-moment-of-truth/
European University Institute (EUI): Florence School of Regulation: News, 14/07/2021: Fit for 55: EU rolls out largest ever legislative package in pursuit of climate goals https://fsr.eui.eu/fit-for-55-eu-rolls-out-largest-ever-legislative-package-in-pursuit-of-climate-goals/
Oxfam International: Press Release, 14/07/2021: Fit for 55 Package: Not fit to tackle climate emergency says Oxfam https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/fit-55-package-not-fit-tackle-climate-emergency-says-oxfam
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Microsoft: EU Policy Blog, 14/07/2021: Fit for 55 lays the groundwork for real progress toward a net zero carbon economy https://blogs.microsoft.com/eupolicy/2021/07/14/fit-for-55-lays-the-groundwork-for-real-progress-toward-a-net-zero-carbon-economy/
Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP): News, 14/07/2021: 'Fit for 55' package extends EU carbon price signal to over two thirds of emissions by 2030 https://ieep.eu/news/fit-for-55-package-extends-eu-carbon-price-signal-to-over-two-thirds-of-emissions-by-2030
Influence Map: Press Release, 15/07/2021: Strong Industry Pushback Ahead of EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ Climate Package https://influencemap.org/pressrelease/Strong-industry-pushback-ahead-of-EU-s-Fit-for-55-climate-package-6b1fc706f9f28934756b4a1267a556f0
Social Europe, 19/07/2021: Is Europe socially fit for the ‘Fit for 55’ package? https://www.socialeurope.eu/is-europe-socially-fit-for-the-fit-for-55-package
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR): Commentary, 19/07/2021: The Fit for 55 package: A diplomatic tightrope https://ecfr.eu/article/the-fit-for-55-package-a-diplomatic-tightrope/
Centre for European Reform (CER): Bulletin, 27/07/2021: The 'Fit for 55' climate proposals explained https://www.cer.eu/publications/archive/bulletin-article/2021/fit-55-climate-proposals-explained
European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA): Messages from Director General, 29/09/2021: Fit for 55: a much-needed reality check for EU policy and decision makers to keep mobility accessible https://www.acea.auto/message-dg/fit-for-55-a-much-needed-reality-check-for-eu-policy-and-decision-makers-to-keep-mobility-accessible/
Norton Rose Fulbright: Insights, February 2022: ‘Fit for 55’: a quick overview https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-gb/knowledge/publications/1ab5016b/fit-for-55-a-quick-overview
ING Think: Article, 16/02/2022: Just how fit is the EU’s Fit for 55 climate strategy for Europe’s economy? https://think.ing.com/articles/just-how-fit-is-the-eus-fit-for-55-climate-strategy-for-europes-economy/
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E3G: Blog, 15/07/2022: Citizens can help EU achieve success in ‘Fit for 55’ negotiations https://www.e3g.org/news/citizens-can-help-eu-achieve-success-in-fit-for-55-negotiations/
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Cambridge University: Institute for Sustainable Leadership (CSIL): Report, March 2023: The path towards a socially just Fit for 55 package: How have social elements of the Fit for 55 package evolved in the context of the climate, energy, and cost-of-living crises? https://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/resources/publications/path-towards-socially-just-fit-55-package-how-have-social-elements-fit-55
London School of Economics (LSE): Grantham Research Institute: Press Release, 23/03/2023: European Union ‘Fit-for-55 package’ to kickstart wave of climate litigation https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/european-union-fit-for-55-package-to-kickstart-wave-of-climate-litigation/
Climate Action Network (CAN Europe): Briefing, 22/05/2023: Mind the gap! Assessing Climate Action under the ‘Fit For 55’ Package https://caneurope.org/assessment-climate-action-fit-for-55-mind-the-gap/

Politico: Tag: Fit for 55 https://www.politico.eu/tag/fit-for-55/
EurActiv: Topics: Fit for 55 https://www.euractiv.com/topics/fit-for-55/
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French Government: News, 15/07/2021: Fit for 55: a new cycle of European climate policies – Press release issued by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/climate-and-environment/news/article/fit-for-55-a-new-cycle-of-european-climate-policies-press-release-issued-by-the
Swedish Government, 05/07/2023: EU Fit for 55 climate package a milestone in climate action https://www.government.se/articles/2023/07/eu-fit-for-55-climate-package-a-milestone-in-climate-action/

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