Climate change remains a key challenge. The EU and the European Parliament are working to ensure a more sustainable society and economy through ambitious policies at home and close cooperation with international partners. It is already on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2020, and has put forward a plan to further cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
By 2050, Europe aims to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent. Alongside reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the EU is also taking action to adapt to the impacts of climate change. By 2050, Europe aims to be a climate-resilient society. Climate action is at the heart of the European Green Deal – an ambitious package of measures ranging from drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment.
Extreme weather, the collapse of ecosystems and rising sea levels are just a few examples of the detrimental effects of climate change. They also have grave implications for society and the economy. That is why the EU has invested billions in tackling climate change. On 28 February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which provides regular assessments on the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, released the latest report entitled “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”.