Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

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Series Details 15.01.14
Publication Date 15/01/2014
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According to Spiegel Online International in an article in January 2014, the EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility might soon be history. It claims that the European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking, jeopardising Germany's touted energy revolution in the process.

NB: On 22 January 2014, the European Commission launched the 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies (see separate record in ESO for information relating to this topic).

The new package set new climate and energy objectives for 2030 in order to ensure the EU economy and energy system becomes more competitive, secure and sustainable. It was aimed at giving certainty to Member States and investors, and supporting progress towards a more competitive, low-carbon and energy-secure European economy.

Key elements of the framework covered: greenhouse gas emissions reductions, renewable energy, and energy efficiency as well as a new governance system to obtain these goals. The package also included a proposal on the strengthening of EU emissions trading system.

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