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A reviewed and improved climate policy for a just and fair transition


On Wednesday, the European Commission presented its “Fit for 55” package of climate policies, which aims to lower emissions by 55% (compared to 1990) by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

The package consists of 14 legislative texts which present a real milestone on the road to climate neutrality. “Fit for 55” will see the entire European climate policy reviewed and overhauled with the goal of ensuring a just and fair transition.

Our French MEP Christophe Grudler, Vice-Coordinator for Renew Europe and member of the energy committee (ITRE), welcomed the package: " This is a historic European breakthrough: this is the most ambitious climate change package in the world, and it will help rebuild a climate-neutral economy that preserves ecosystems. The major advance of this legislation is its historic approach: decarbonisation measures will now apply to all sectors: energy, but also industry, transport and construction.”

On the energy side, where he is particularly involved, the Commission's proposals give a strong boost to renewable energy with an ambitious target of at least 40% of energy from renewable sources by 2030. Christophe Grudler also applauded the expansion of the Emission Trading Scheme, which will provide economic incentives to keep carbon emissions low: "The strengthening of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is very good news, especially its extension to aviation and maritime. Our citizens would not understand there being no carbon price for these sectors, while the electricity used by our trains is covered by this emissions trading scheme.”

Looking ahead to the examination of the package by the European Parliament in autumn, the French MEP promised to “be particularly attentive to ensure that future energies such as hydrogen are supported as ambitiously as possible. Furthermore, I will ensure that this legislative revolution is accompanied socially and economically so that it includes all citizens, in particular via the Social Climate Fund. I hope that this will also be a central axis of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, which starts on 1 January 2022.”