Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, and seven other European Union nations warned on Wednesday of efforts to compromise the bloc’s climate change regulations, claiming that negotiators are being pushed toward accords that might undermine the region’s green aspirations.
The nations stated in a joint statement that such attempts were taking place both among EU states and in the European Parliament, without mentioning individual countries or MPs.
“We are looking with rising concern at the different calls to water down ambition across the files … and the concessions made in the context of finding compromises,” said the statement, which was led by Denmark and signed by Austria, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
“Seen in isolation, these changes might seem justified or limited in impact, but adding them all up we risk missing the mark by 2030 and setting us on an impossible trajectory thereafter,” it stated.
With the talks taking place amid a background of skyrocketing energy prices, inflation, and Europe’s rush to import non-Russian fossil fuels, the worries highlight the EU’s difficulties in adopting economy-transforming CO2 reduction throughout its 27 member states.
The nations encouraged policymakers not to be swayed by “short term motives” in their efforts to combat climate change.
The twelve EU measures are intended to reduce the bloc’s net emissions by 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. They include a prohibition on new fossil-fuel vehicle sales in 2035 and an update to Europe’s carbon market. Some have recently suffered setbacks.
Last week, Parliament failed to reach an agreement on its stance on the carbon market because legislators differed on how ambitious it should be. more info
Meanwhile, draft papers reveal that EU nations may postpone the introduction of a new carbon market and enable an EU “modernisation fund” to continue subsidizing gas projects, despite Brussels’ proposal to cease funding fossil fuels. more info
If Europe fails to meet its 2030 target, it may struggle to attain net zero emissions by 2050, a global milestone that experts believe will mitigate the worst effects of climate change.
Each EU country and the European Parliament want to reach an agreement on climate measures this month before writing formal legislation.