EU Commission lays out plan to become climate neutral by 2030

(EurActiv, 6 Apr 2022) The European Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday (5 April) to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions by 60% before the end of the decade, saying the remainder will be compensated with carbon removals.

The plan puts the onus on cutting emissions from transport and office buildings, said Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s vice-president in charge of the Green Deal.

“By nature of who we are, we travel a lot,” Timmermans said as he presented the plan on Tuesday, adding that the Commission was looking at ways to reduce the amount of travelling where possible while “making sure we travel by more sustainable ways.”

When it comes to its own fleet of cars and vans, “the transition to a fleet of zero-emission vehicles is planned to be completed by 2027 at the latest,” the EU executive said in a communication describing its plans.

For commuting and getting around in Brussels and Luxembourg, public transport and green mobility will be prioritised, with a fleet of Commission-owned bikes and an increased number of charging stations for electric vehicles. Parking space will be reduced by at least 35%.

Emissions linked to work-related travel, which represented 28% of emissions in 2019, will be cut in half by 2025, “by organising smart and intelligent missions and greener modes of travel,” the EU executive said.

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