Industry MEPs want the EU to lead the way to climate neutrality by 2050 

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The Industry Committee Tuesday adopted a motion for resolution urging the EU to become climate neutral by 2050 to combat climate change.

Today the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted a motion for a resolution on European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 47 votes to 4 and 6 abstentions. They also adopted questions to the Council and the Commission for oral answers on the same subject.

MEPs support the aim of the long-term strategy to confirm Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action and to present a vision that can lead to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. They agree with the strategic areas identified by the Commission and asks the member states to agree on a strategy to achieve this goal at the special EU summit in Sibiu in May 2019.

Energy policy

Industry MEPs believe that renewable energy and energy efficiency are key to achieve the transition towards a net-zero GHG economy and that EU leadership in these areas demonstrates to the world that clean energy transition is both possible and beneficial.

They also underline, that efforts to achieve climate neutrality may be spread unevenly across the EU as member states have different starting points.

Industry policy

MEPs consider that the transition towards a net-zero GHG economy also presents opportunities.

Investment in industrial innovation including digital technologies and clean technology is needed to improve growth, competitiveness and create jobs e.g. in a growing circular economy and bio-economy.

They also underline the importance in having a predictable energy and climate policy since it provides predictability for investors so they can make long-term investment decisions.

Research and innovation

Industry MEPs are convinced that research and innovation is crucial to fight climate change and that a substantial effort is needed within the next two decades to make low and zero-carbon solutions available to all.

The MEPs recall the position of the Parliament to allocate at least 35 % of the expenditure on research (Horizon Europe) to support climate objectives.

Background and next steps

The resolution still has to be approved by the Plenary of the European Parliament. This is tentatively scheduled to happen in March 2019 in Strasbourg. When it is adopted, it will be forwarded to the European Commission and the Council of Ministers.