Climate action in the EU and the UK

The EU and the UK are combating human induced climate change through a number of policy measures. Especially the EU countries have taken important laws and measures to achieve the 2030 climate and energy targets.

The EU's climate policy goals up to 2020 were:

  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990
  • 20% of the energy in the EU should come from renewable sources
  • 20% improvement in energy efficiency

The central climate goals of the EU up to 2030 are:

  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% compared to 1990
  • Increase in the share of renewable energies to at least 32%
  • Increase in energy efficiency by at least 32.5%

By 2050, Europe should finally become the first climate neutral continent.

Climate action is also the focus of the so-called European Green Deal, a package of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include:

  • the European climate law to anchor the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 in EU law;
  • the European climate pact to involve citizens and all areas of society in climate action

You can find more about this here.