This is the first in a series of annual perspectives on the orientation and effectiveness of EU energy and climate policy.
It feels like a decade was wrapped up in the first half of 2020.
The first semester has seen a haltering of the global economy. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with melting Siberian permafrost and heatwaves in the Arctic Circle continue to reshape our lives. They are both part of the same systemic problem – the inability for our energy systems and economic models to operate within finite planetary boundaries. This has to change immediately. There are only two optimal actions to address this – the first is to stop putting CO2e into the atmosphere from the energy system, which still accounts for 75% of the EU’s climate pollution. The second is to accelerate the energy transition to renewable heating, cooling and electricity with local jobs creation and economic development. This is a long way from the policy noise surrounding the EU Green Deal.