The European Commission’s strategic long-term vision outlines feasible pathways for Europe to lead the transition towards a climate-neutral economy by 2050 in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. It invites EU institutions, businesses and societies to work together for a fair, prosperous and climate-neutral economy. The Commission’s strategic vision provides a detailed analysis of eight pathways for a possible future EU economy, outlining the feasibility and benefits of working together towards climate neutrality. The scenarios rely on both existing and emerging technological solutions, citizen empowerment and alignments across policy, finance and research. The long-term strategy envisions a socially fair journey to an EU economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with the energy transition working in close association with economic growth.
On November 28, 2018, the Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for climate neutrality by 2050, ‘A Clean Planet for all’.
On March 14, 2019, the Parliament adopted a Resolution on climate change in which it welcomes the publication of the strategic vision, discusses the pathways aimed at reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and considers the mid-century objective as the only one compatible with the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Since its publication, ‘A Clean Planet for all’ has been discussed in various Council formations including environment, agriculture, and social and employment affairs.
Following the broad stakeholder debate, the EU is to submit its long-term strategy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by early 2020, as requested under the Paris Agreement.
Member States are obliged to submit their national strategy by early 2020. Malta is currently working on its Low Carbon National Strategy.