This busy week ended with the chamber welcoming Philipp Offenberg, analyst at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission at this lunch Energy, Transport & Chemicals Task Force briefing. The discussion focused on the EU’s long-term CO2 strategy – A Clean Planet for All - and its vision for a more prosperous and cleaner climate-neutral economy.
The energy union is one of Juncker’s Commission’s ten priorities, and mainly aims to make energy more secure and sustainable. There is an increasing urge to fight climate change, and the Commission seeks to position itself as the world leader in renewable energies. The communication “A Clean Planet for All”, which was released on 28th November, was detailed and presented during the briefing, as well as the achievements and challenges that the EU faces in reaching the diverse climate objectives.
A crucial and new aspect of the Commission’s work is its focus on the social dimension: indeed, the transition to a zero carbon future entails not only an economic and political transformation, but also a societal one, hence the need to ensure a social fairness. Sustainability thus encompasses environmental, economic and social considerations.
This long-term strategy, which doesn’t set targets but rather establishes a direction and vision for member states, aims to achieve a climate-neutral economy by 2050 and thus meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement (keeping the increase in the global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and limiting the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels).
A big challenge for the commission will be to mainstream climate action across all policy fields. The strategy will be applied to almost all EU policies, such as taxation, finance and research and innovation.
Analyst | European Commission
Philipp Offenberg is an Analyst at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) – the in-house think tank of the European Commission, reporting directly under the authority of the President. He provides strategic analysis and policy advice on matters related to the policy priorities, including Energy Union and Climate Change, Transport and Mobility, and Innovation and Industrial policies. Before joining the EPSC, he worked as Research Fellow on EU energy policy at the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin. Since 2014 he has also been a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security King’s College London. His prior work experience includes positions with Accenture and BASF