Green Deal Tracker


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Europe will be the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 – or at least, this was the promise made by the European Union back in 2019, when the so-called European Green Deal was announced.

But since this ambitious goal was mentioned for the first time, Covid-19 happened, and then the Russian invasion of Ukraine with the energy crisis associated with it. So, how has the European Green Deal been progressing so far? How close is the European Union to reaching its targets?

Main findings:

  • Emissions: current policies from member states look set to bring down emissions by just 36%-47%. Way larger cuts would be needed in order to keep global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century.
  • Energy: the EU aims to increase its energy production from renewable sources from 22% to 45% by the end of this decade. Member states are still lobbying for a 40% target instead.
  • Buildings: buildings should be run on 49% renewable energy by 2030, mainly through the installation of heat pumps. In order to reach the target, the pace of pump installations would have to double.
  • Transports: the European Commission intends to cut the average CO2 emissions from new cars by 55% by 2030, before hitting zero by 2035. Experts say the target is achievable, but countries such as Germany and Italy have pushed back on it.
  • Agriculture: two-thirds of agriculture emissions in Europe come from animals. The EU plans to bring in sustainable feed additives to cut methane from cows and reduce the use of deforested land to feed livestock, but the shift cannot happen without a change in people’s diets.


The data unit

Ajit Niranjan (Deutsche Welle, coordinator) is a freelance climate reporter working for Deutsche Welle.

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