Climate Change

European Parliament wants fossil fuel subsidies phased out by 2025

European Parliament wants fossil fuel subsidies phased out by 2025

Photo: Dan Johnston from Pixabay

Published

July 13, 2021

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

July 13, 2021

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

The European Parliament has adopted a position for negotiations with member states on the eighth General Union Environment Action Programme (EAP) to 2030, in which it highlights  abandoning state aid for fossil fuels as one of the key goals.

MEPs say that direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies should be phased out at all levels by 2025 and that other environmentally harmful subsidies should be abandoned by 2027. The European Commission must assess which subsidies are harmful by December 2022.

The eighth EAP will guide European environmental policy until 2030 and must accelerate the EU’s transition to a green economy, according to the European Parliament. The EU EAP has shaped the EU’s environment policy since the early 1970s.

All environmentally harmful subsidies should be phased out by 2027

For the EU to become a climate-neutral, resource-efficient, clean and circular economy, the eighth EAP should be aligned with the European Green Deal on climate, biodiversity, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the European Parliament.

The objectives should be achieved by 2030

The European Parliament says the objectives should be achieved by 2030 and wants the European Commission to present indicators to monitor and track the progress by December 31.

Member states should integrate the SDGs as well as climate, environmental, and social objectives in their national plans under the European Semester of economic governance, including in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Priority objectives of the eighth EAP:

  • climate change mitigation;
  • adapting to climate change;
  • protecting and restoring terrestrial and marine biodiversity;
  • a nontoxic circular economy;
  • the zero pollution environment;
  • minimizing pressure on the environment caused by production and consumption across all sectors.

The European Parliament adopted the negotiating position with 518 votes to 130, and 47 abstentions.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Two four European Sustainable Energy Awards Southeastern Europe

Two of four European Sustainable Energy Awards go to Southeastern Europe

26 September 2022 - Timea Farkas is the Young Energy Trailblazer at European Sustainable Energy Awards and the Minoan Energy Community won in the Local Energy Action category

City of NiS starts development of Energy Transition Roadmap until 2050 tender

City of Niš in Serbia to develop Energy Transition Roadmap until 2050

26 September 2022 - The local team in charge of the project is seeking an experienced consultant to support the work, the deadline for offers is October 4

EU Commissioner Simson this year EUSEW most important so far

EU Commissioner Simson: This year’s EUSEW is most important one so far

26 September 2022 - The European Sustainable Energy Week – EUSEW started today with top EU officials urging for a faster energy transition

Denmark first to take responsibility for loss and damage from climate change

23 September 2022 - A global mechanism to compensate for loss and damage caused by climate change could come to life after years of unsuccessful negotiations