EU Commission: Making Europe the first climate neutral continent in the world is our goal – June 14, 2021

European Green Deal

The European Green Deal set the blueprint for this transformational change.

All 27 EU Member States committed to turning the EU into the first climate neutral continent by 2050. To get there, they pledged to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

This will create new opportunities for innovation and investment and jobs, as well as:

  • Reduce emission
  • create jobs and growth
  • address energy poverty
  • reduce external energy dependency
  • improve our health an wellbeing

At the same time, it will ensure there are opportunities for everyone, supporting vulnerable citizens by tackling inequality and energy poverty, and strengthening the competitiveness of European companies.

Cleaning our energy system

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 requires higher shares of renewable energy and greater energy efficiency.

The Commission proposes to increase the binding target of renewable sources in the EU’s energy mix to 40%. The proposals promote the uptake of renewable fuels, such as hydrogen in industry and transport, with additional targets.

In addition, reducing energy consumption is essential to bring down both emissions and energy costs for consumers and industry. The Commission proposes to increase energy savings targets at EU level and make them binding, to achieve an overall reduction of 36% by 2030.

Renovating buildings for greener lifestyles

Renovating our homes and buildings will save energy, protect against extremes of heat or cold and tackle energy poverty.

The new Social Climate Fund will support EU citizens most affected or at risk of energy or mobility poverty. It will help mitigate the costs for those most exposed to changes, to ensure that the transition is fair and leaves no one behind.

It will provide EUR 72.2 billion over 7 years in funding for renovation of buildings, access to zero and low emission mobility, or even income support.

In addition to homes, public buildings must also be renovated to use more renewable energy, and to be more energy efficient.

The Commission proposes to:

  • require Member States to renovate at least 3% of the total floor area of all public buildings annually
  • set a benchmark of 49% of renewables in buildings by 2030
  • require Member States to increase the use of renewable energy in heating and cooling by +1.1 percentage points each year, until 2030