The European Council will vote later this month on a proposal to go carbon neutral by 2050. The ramifications of the EU's decision will extend far beyond its borders.
Governments are beginning to take up the call for a "just transition" to a clean energy economy, with advancements seen in Canada, Spain, Germany, Costa Rica and more. One way they can do so: Integrate the "just transition" into their long-term strategies for climate action.
As many are settling into accepting extreme weather events and chronic stresses as the new normal, it has become clear that events we expected to occur in the ‘far future’ have arrived and are bound to intensify.
Under the Paris Agreement, countries' long-term climate strategies are meant to plan into the middle of the century. But we have limited ability to foresee future technology, business, lifestyle and political developments. How can policymakers deal with this uncertainty?
On the sidelines of COP24, a group of high-level representatives from fourteen G20 countries gathered in Katowice to discuss their vision for ambitious action to develop and implement long-term climate strategies.
World's third-largest emitter aims to achieve a climate-neutral economy by 2050.