The anticipation and the tension is palpable. On Thursday morning, a few minutes before 9 am, the conference hall of the Marriott Hotel in Budapest fills up slowly but surely. The shining panorama of Buda refreshes the mood before the start of the climate summit. I’m happy to take a seat in the second row because I like to follow the presenters closely and focus as much as I can on what I’m here for.
Couple of main EU climate goals and their development:
- European Green Deal (December 2019) set the goal of:
- By 2050, Europe should be the first climate-neutral continent
- By 2030, net greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 40% compared to 1990 levels.
- By 2030 the share of renewable energy in EU energy consumption should be at least 32%. (According to the Renewable Energy Directive adopted in June 2018)
- European Climate Law (July 2021)
- By 2030, net greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. (currently 24%)
- By 2030, the share of renewable energy in EU energy consumption should be at least 40%.