EU proposes 2040 climate targets

SolarPower Europe Statement

6 February 2024

Today the European Commission published a Communication on the EU’s climate targets for 2040. This Communication will form the basis of debate by EU lawmakers, and is likely to translate into a legal proposal under the next European Commission. SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement in response. 


Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe (she/her) said:  

“The European Commission has set a positive direction for the continent’s climate and energy security goals.   


We wholeheartedly support the scenario which targets a 90% reduction in emissions by 2040.  It is the only pathway to deliver legally binding Paris Agreement climate commitments. Critically, it will also support the continent’s competitiveness and energy security goals, as we phase out the volatility of fossil fuels and develop new green industries. 


It is a relief to see the serious commitment that fossil fuel consumption will steeply decline, supported by rapid electrification. We hope to see this message carry through in a dedicated Electrification Act.  


Importantly, the proposal also considers the investment agenda, which recognises the need for scaling up private and public funding such as the Innovation Fund, and the end of fossil fuels subsidies. 


While there is notable recognition of the role of renewables as the major contributors to the energy transition, our projections show that renewables and storage can deliver even more for the energy system. Relying costly, time-intensive, and unproven low-carbon technologies risks diverting us from more efficient, readily available solutions. A fully renewable energy system by 2040 is within reach and should be Europe’s clear focus.” 




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Bethany Meban
Head of Press and Policy Communications

+32 492 97 82 48
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