Timmermans puts Europe on course for climate neutrality by 2050

17/09/2020

Frans Timmermans

European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Photo: EC - Audiovisual Service.

The Party of European Socialists strongly welcomes the European Commission’s updated climate plans, outlined today by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

The Commission is pushing forward with a more ambitions approach to the climate, proposing a 55% cut in emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This and other action led by Executive Vice-President Timmermans puts the EU firmly on course to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“Through the European Green Deal and Just Transition Fund, socialists and democrats are leading the way to a fairer and more sustainable future for Europe. I strongly commend the proposals set out today by Frans Timmermans. Once again, he is at the forefront of action for the climate.

“This new ambition plan will not only benefit the environment, it is the foundation for a green recovery and an example for others around the world to follow. Socialist and democrats understand that we have a moral responsibility to act to avert climate catastrophe, and to do so in a way that leaves no one behind. Frans Timmermans is driving this agenda forward with the full support of the progressive political family.”

The Commission aims to amend the European Climate Law to include the 55% reduction emissions target as a stepping-stone to climate neutrality. As part of this effort it aims to revise and expand the EU Emissions Trading System; adapt the Effort Sharing Regulation and the framework for land use emissions; reinforce energy efficiency and renewable energy policies; and strengthening CO2 standards for road vehicles.

The Commission’s green agenda – pursued through the European Green Deal and the Just Transition – was a key demand of the socialist and democratic political family. The PES commends the work of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans on the European Green Deal and Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira, who is overseeing the implementation of the Just Transition Fund.

In the lead up to the State of the Union, Socialists and democrats led calls for President von der Leyen to agree to a more ambitious approach on the climate. S&D MEPs in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety last week voted for emissions to be reduced by 60% in 2030 compared to 1990.