EU environment ministers kick-off discussions on EU climate neutrality by 2050

Climate action

In reaction to today’s Environment Council where EU ministers have for the first time discussed the EU’s draft climate long-term strategy put forward by the European Commission on 28 November, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

“It is encouraging to see that most EU environment ministers meeting today have welcomed the proposal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. They even see it as a timely, necessary tool to address the stark warnings of the IPCC report on 1.5°C.

Now the EU needs to reach an agreement on climate neutrality by 2050 ahead of the UN Secretary General Climate Summit taking place in September 2019, and to substantially increase its 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target accordingly. A timely decision on achieving climate neutrality in the EU is also essential to ensure guidance and consistency for Member States in preparing their national long term strategies and their national energy and climate plans due by the end of 2019.”



Nicolas Derobert, CAN Europe Communications Coordinator,, +32 483 62 18 88


Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change. With over 150 member organisations from 35 European countries, representing over 1.700 NGOs and more than 40 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.