Governments’ climate plans

A new climate ranking shows that EU governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe’s biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets.

Only the top 3, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, scored above 50% in the ranking of draft national energy and climate plans compiled by Transport & Environment (T&E).

Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is 15th, setting itself up to pay billions of euro to other countries for missing the EU’s 2030 emissions goals. All countries need to implement far more effective policies to reduce transport emissions than have been proposed to date.

The European Commission will comment on each national energy and climate plan before the end of June. Countries must submit their final plan before the end of 2019. As many Member States are putting themselves on course to miss their 2030 climate targets, under EU rules they will end up buying billions of euro worth of credits from the best-performing Member States. T&E said it is possible but also necessary to decarbonise transport by 2050 at the latest.

For more information about transport plans ranking, please see here.

The information is provided by Dods.