🌱 EU court dismisses an appeal that sought to annul the current 2030 emissions target, on the grounds that it was not ambitious enough. Families from the EU, Kenya and Fiji said that the efforts would not be enough to protect them from the impacts of climate change
But the court dismissed the appeal, saying there was no grounds to uphold it. Essentially, the general application nature of an EU target rules out the legal grounds needed to say there is a breach of fundamental rights
A rare loss for these types of cases. Remember the landmark Dutch case that ended up forcing the government to ratchet up its climate policies? It even led to a reduced speed limit on motorways
🌱 Latest raft of #EUCO conclusions include the 55% emissions target. LOADS of language on member states being at different starting points, having the exclusive right to decide on energy mixes and preserving competitiveness
If there's a budget compromise, there will be a climate deal. (neck on block time). There was just about enough for a deal in October and enough massaging has been done now for it to get over the line if the MFF/RoL are sorted
ETS expansion, carbon border tax and a green finance bond standard also get a look-in. These are in-depth conclusions, not just a "the Council agrees to 55%."
Evidence tat it's going/gone mainstream (imho)
- Look up 'fudge' in the Hungarian and Polish dictionaries;
- Decide whether this is a red wine or hard spirits occasion;
- Download plenty of pictures of leaders for no particular reason, mind your own business 👀
*it's 'koholmány' and 'banialuki' apparently
You're a multilingual lot. 1) are those two translations good? 2) any decent words for 'crap compromise' that also has a culinary double-meaning in your languages?
🚂 Big night-train news. New services linking Vienna, Zurich, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and more due to start launching in late 2021. More details on @EURACTIVeuractiv.com/section/railwa…
FAO of downcast Brits: "The UK will be linked to the network at Brussels and Paris by the cross-Channel Eurostar - should it survive a period of immense uncertainty triggered by the pandemic and Brexit - as trains need to be specially designed to run through the undersea tunnel."
🌱 As climate was very much the flavour of the week, maybe now is a good time to have a look at where the real problems are when it comes to curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Especially since the EU is ratcheting its target up from 40% by 2030 to 55% (probably). Thread./
🚧 Cement. Manufacturing produces 8% of global emissions. EIGHT-PER-CENT. That's only a little less than the EU's total contribution. Heidelberg Cement is aiming to reduce its output to "just" 500kg of CO2 per tonne produced by 2030. These are big numbers, needless to say
🏠 Buildings. 36% of EU emissions come from them. New rules on new builds will ramp up efficiency but old buildings need renovating. That is costly and inconvenient for most people. A real public awareness boost is needed to increase rates to their required level
#SOTEU: It often takes a good lunch to digest EU blah blah, so here we go
There was substance, on health especially. Any push by the Commission to wrest away national powers is notable. Von der Leyen was explicit: dealing with future crises will need the EU empowered more
On that same note, mention of 'own resources' revenues was notable in its absence. The Commission is not banging the drum for tax-collecting power yet, while the EP is desperate for it. UVDL mentioned the possible sources (border tax etc) but not that explicit link
Climate, of course, got a target: 55%. More meat on the bones tomorrow on how to achieve that, so best to hold off until there's official confirmation of what the Comm plan is. UVDL says 55% is 1.5 degrees Paris-compliant, while others will tell you it is not
Shippers will also have to meet strict efficiency improvement targets and not produce emissions when docked by 2030
Now, we wait on what details @vonderleyen will give during tomorrow's #SOTEU. Good intentions have been the limit so far.
Final vote on the text is tomorrow. Of interest will be what the Commission do next. MEPs are calling for an impact assessment by end of 2020 and for the ETS to be up and running by 2022. Preferred timeline is therefore quite clear
✈️Very low-hanging fruit can be found in aviation, where airlines still get free permits for their intra-EU flights (international are still excluded). Poland is leading the charge to phase out, reduce or even eliminate those perks euractiv.com/section/aviati…
🚢The Commission will also have to think whether to give maritime any free allowances if the sector is enveloped by the carbon market. MEPs vote tomorrow on this very issue euractiv.com/section/shippi…
Important to remember that some MS only signed up to 2050 because the collective element was implied
If Finland achieves net-zero by 2035, that creates wiggle-room for others to overshoot 2050, for example
Poland refused to endorse it even with this implication on the table and is only just now suggesting willingness to come on board