The EU's Climate Action Network has released an accelerated plan that would meet the 2050 clean energy targets outlined in the Paris Agreement a decade early. If the plan is achieved, it means the continent could be completely powered by clean energy by 2040. Developed with civil society organisations in cooperation with energy grid operators, industry representatives, economists, and researchers, the report, entitled Building a Paris Agreement Compatible (PAC) energy scenario, also reveals that the EU could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030.
That would put it ahead of the current target of 40%. Despite Brexit, the UK is included the report, and if the recommendations in the report are implemented, the authors say the EU and Great Britain could develop an energy landscape in line with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The report's recommendations may also form a basis for the EU's plans for a green recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.