The ambition call provides concrete recommendations for the European Union for immediate climate action in response to the UN Secretary-General’s request for countries to: 1) present concrete, realistic plans that are compatible with the latest IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5°C, 2) enhance their NDCs by 2020 and 3) reduce GHG emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to net zero by 2050. Recommendations for other countries can be found on the Climate Transparency website.


The three recommended actions for the European Union are:

  1. Adopt goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest and ratchet up the 2030 target in line with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C limit.
  2. Adopt goal of 100% sales of emission free cars by 2030.
  3. Moratorium to stop expansion of gas infrastructure (pipelines and LNG ports).

More information on the actions can be found in the paper.

Key graphics:

Overview of EU situation and recommendations


Compatibility of climate targets with the Paris Agreement

Key insights on transport sector

EU energy mix

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