The last of three instalments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report is clear: if the world does not take immediate action to cut emissions, overshooting 1.5°C of warming is inevitable.
Now that the EU is starting to feel the consequences of the war in Ukraine and determining how to respond, the bloc should double down on the European Green Deal.
- environmental protection
- External event
By putting forward the Green Deal as the answer, the EU can increase energy and food security and accelerate the green transition to limit global warming to 1.5°C at the same time.
It is however imperative that leaders don’t walk into the trap of short-term solutions that hamper the green transition in the long term. Building out LNG infrastructure, for example, risks locking countries into long-term dependencies that will eventually becoming stranded assets.
Easing rules to permit farmers to plant crops in ecological focus areas offers marginal benefits, but could lead to considerable environmental damage and hamper production in the mid-term.
Instead, the EU should dig in its heels and embrace the Green Deal as the way forward. The Trio Presidency has a big role to play in guiding the conversation in the right direction, increasing the ambition of the Fit for 55 Package, and insisting on the Farm to Fork Strategy.