Science shows 65% emission reduction by 2030 is feasible and pays off

Global transition

Science confirms that the best way to prevent dramatic climate change is to cut greenhouse gas emission by 65% by 2030. The following four recent studies illustrate the benefits of ambitious climate action in the EU.

The higher the 2030 climate target, the higher the social and economic benefits

  • According to the latest UNEP Emissions Gap Report, in order to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, global emissions would need to be reduced by 7.6% annually between now and 2030. Applying this to the EU would lead to a greenhouse gas emission reduction of at least 65% by 2030. Only such substantial reductions will keep us in line with the Paris Agreement and help us to avoid the unprecedented costs of dangerous climate change.


  • Research shows a broad range of possible pathways to achieve 65% emission reductions, based on a multiplication of renewable energy use and energy savings.

  • Studies confirm that pathways towards the 65% target are classic win-win situations. The energy transition can become the motor of economic recovery. Investment costs are lower than the costs of the dramatic climate change impacts and more than overcompensated by benefits such as employment, savings in fossil fuel imports and avoided environmental damage.

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