European Property Federation

EPF logo

<EUROPEAN CLIMATE LAW – EP Rapporteur’s amendments
June 10, 2020

The European Parliament's Rapporteur, Jytte Guteland, has tabled an amendment to change the EU 2030 emissions target from the European Commission's proposed 50-55% reduction to 65%.

She explains "As the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019 makes clear, global emissions need to be cut by 7.6 percent per year, starting now, in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C. For the EU even without taking into account equity-related issues such as per capita emissions or responsibility for historical emissions this would mean a cut of 68 percent by 2030 relative to 1990 levels."

That would mechanically require an even greater pace of building renovation.

Another amendment would instate sectoral climate-neutrality roadmaps (which would necessarily include a building-sector roadmap) based on a Commission-harmonised format setting out how and by which date the sector can reduce its emissions to close to zero, and identifying obstacles and opportunities as well as the technological solutions that would need to be developed and investments that would need to be made within the sector.

As expected, another amendment puts paid to the Commission's ambition to set the trajectory for emissions reductions alone.

EPF Secretariat analysis under epf20-36 of 13.05.2020