11.04.2024Opinion article

The 2040 climate target as a kick-off

“The outgoing European Commission has published its Communication on a 2040 cli­mate target as its last major climate policy initiative before the 2024 European elec­tions. By recommending a net emissions reduction target of 90 per cent compared to 1990 levels, it lays the strategic foundations for the forthcoming legislative period. At the same time, the policy initiative takes the opportunity to emphasise the growing importance of the interplay between industrial and climate policy, particularly with regard to carbon management technologies. Although reforming the EU’s climate policy architecture for the years 2031 to 2040 will not begin until after the upcoming European elections, the Communication offers a glimpse into the political challenges that the German government will also have to face.” A comment by CDRterra researchers Felix Schenuit and Oliver Geden.

Klick here to read the comment published on April 8th, 2024.

Felix Schenuit and Oliver Geden are researchers at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and conducts research on the governance and political feasibility of carbon management and removal in our project CDRSynTra.