The world must move faster to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Different sectors and different countries will move at different paces. But all sectors and countries must move as fast as possible or face missing the Paris ambitions.

Building on our Sky scenario, we are exploring potential sector, country and regional pathways that could contribute to achieving the Paris ambitions – including the stretch goal of a 1.5°C world.

Following the EU’s adoption of a new European Green Deal, we focused first on the situation in the EU. A climate-neutral EU by 2050 outlines a possible, but highly demanding pathway to decarbonise energy in the EU over the next 30 years to help achieve the EU’s climate ambitions.

Action by developed economies like the EU will be crucial to tackling climate change. Their efforts can act as a beacon for others, while granting more time for developing economies to decarbonise. But the EU is not yet on a trajectory to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Action already happening must speed up and there must be additional action to reduce emissions more quickly. This includes the mass deployment of clean technologies, shifting consumer and business choices to support a green economy and removing unavoidable emissions through carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and natural carbon sinks like reforestation.

This will all need to be complemented by a sectoral approach to speed up action in sectors that are harder to abate – with pioneers needed in government, business and civil society. And there will need to be coherent and credible policy frameworks that are predictable and consistent over time. Finally, it will be important to lay the foundations for a just transition – one that is fair and equitable for all.

We applaud the steps being taken to develop the policy agenda through the European Commission’s Green Deal. Achieving a climate-neutral EU won’t be easy, but we believe that, with widespread support and better alignment of interests, these targets can be achieved.

Find out more about how to decarbonise energy in the EU by following the link below.