Moreover, “With communities already feeling the effects of climate breakdown, today’s suggestion by the EU to go ‘net zero’ in 2050 is simply too late for Europe to stop burning carbon,” said Clémence Hutin, climate justice campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe.
“Europe is largely responsible for the carbon pollution in Earth’s atmosphere and must do its fair share of action—meaning we must massively and speedily transform our society to phase out fossil fuels in the next decade, not thirty years’ time,” she continued.
Another problem in the proposal is the reliance on carbon capture and storage to address emissions. Corporate Europe Observatory says that shows the thumbprint of the natural gas industry lobby on the vision statement.
“As long as gas industry lobbyists continue to have a strong grip over policy-making, we will not be able to break free from fossil fuels,” said the group’s climate policy researcher Pascoe Sabido. “We need a firewall that protects EU and national level decision-makers from gas industry lobbyists if we are serious about tackling the climate crisis.”