07.02.2024climate policy

Questions around the EU climate target

EU-Flaggen Quelle: Guillaume Perigois, unsplash

On Tuesday, the EU Commission presented its official climate target for 2040: This year, the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by at least 90 per cent compared to 1990 levels. The climate target still has to be introduced in the form of a legislative proposal in the next legislative period.

Is the proposed climate target for 2040 realistic and is it sufficient? How will the process continue? And how realistic are the targets for negative emission technologies and natural carbon sinks such as forests, peatlands and soils?

Researchers answered these and other questions in a virtual press briefing at the Science Media Centre – including the following experts from the CDRterra research program:

  • Prof Dr Julia Pongratz, CDRterra spokesperson and holder of the Chair of Physical Geography and Land Use Systems and Director of the Department of Geography, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
  • Dr Oliver Geden, Head of the Climate Policy Research Cluster, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Further German information on the press briefing can be found on the “Science Media Centre” website.

Videorecording of the press briefing with CDRterra experts Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz and Dr. Oliver Geden.