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With the adoption of the European Green Deal as a new overarching EU strategy, climate policy goals have officially become integrated across EU policy as a whole. The goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050 is at the heart of the European Green Deal – but how will it be operationalized? This project brings together IDDRI, ECF and Ecologic Institute in their aim to enhance transparency of progress towards the net-zero goal and improving long-term climate governance.
2 The European Climate Law – on the road to climate neutrality?
2.1 A new long-term target for the EU (Articles 1 and 2)
2.2 Interim targets for the EU (Article 2)
2.3 Trajectory for achieving climate neutrality (Article 3)
2.4 Compliance (Articles 5 and 6)
2.5 Policy Consistency (Articles 5 and 6)
2.6 Public Participation (Article 8)
3 Which elements are missing?
3.1 Independent scientific advisory body
3.2 Quantified EU emission budget until 2050
3.3 Specifying sinks, priority for restoring natural sinks
3.4 Review the 2050 target and the EU Long-Term Strategy
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