Letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition to the New Commissioners

European stakeholders call upon the new Commission to make 2030 climate target a priority.

Today, the Coalition for Higher Ambition, a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, trade unions, local and regional authorities, and NGOs published a statement to urge the Commission to come forward with a proposal to increase the EU’s climate target to at least -55% of GHG emissions reductions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels within the first 100 days of their mandate. It is the first time that this broad group of stakeholders take a joint position on the EU’s 2030 target and its revision timeline.

The statement comes ahead of the European Commission’s announcement on the European Green Deal, with its key element of the enhancement of the EU’s 2030 climate target. The new Commission president, Ursula Von der Leyen is expected to present a comprehensive programme of the European Green Deal on 11 December.

The draft concept of the European Green Deal leaked to the media shows that the European Commission plans to propose an increase of the EU 2030 climate target only in October 2020. In the letter addressed to the new Commissioners, the Coalition members underline that October 2020 would simply be too late to agree on a higher pledge. They also state that the EU must follow the Paris Agreement deadline which requires all countries to increase their 2030 climate pledges by 2020 to keep  its position as climate leader.


Letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition to the New Commissioners