EU targets to be “climate neutral” by 2050

On Wednesday European Commission adopted a strategy to switch to “climate neutral” economy by 2050. Climate neutrality means reaching a net zero carbon footprint. The emissions should be balanced by removing warming gases from the atmosphere, ex. by planting new forests or through carbon capture technologies.

“Going climate neutral is necessary, possible and in Europe’s interest. It is necessary to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. It is possible with current technologies and those close to deployment,” Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete said.

According to the latest special survey Eurobarometer, 85 percent agree that fighting climate change and more efficient use of energy can create economic growth and jobs in Europe, the statement added.

The EU’s updated strategy came a week before UN’s climate change summit in Poland.

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