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It is uncertain whether the European Union will succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990. This is the conclusion of the European Court of Auditors in an audit of the EU’s climate and energy targets.
According to the Court, there is little evidence that the measures designed to achieve this objective are indeed working. According to the auditor, for example, there is insufficient information about the costs and effectiveness of measures.
The Court also states that the national energy and climate plans do not state enough about the way in which they are financed. According to the Chamber, this is necessary in order to be able to assess whether the objectives for 2030 will be achieved.
Compared to other industrialized countries, the EU appears to be performing well in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the Court of Auditors writes. But the EU does not take all emissions into account. “These would be about a tenth higher if emissions from trade and international aviation and shipping were included,” the report said.
The EU did manage to meet the 2020 targets, but that target would probably not have been achieved “without the lower energy consumption caused by the 2009 financial crisis and the corona pandemic”. The EU is not clear about the influence of these external factors, says the Court.
In the report, the Court of Auditors therefore calls for more transparency about the performance of the EU and the various Member States in the field of climate and energy measures. The researchers believe that emissions from international aviation and shipping trade should also be included. “This is important because the EU is committed to being a global leader in the transition to climate neutrality.”