Although the EU has an aspirational goal of an 80-95% GHG emissions cut for 2050, compared to 1990 levels, currently planned measures and intermediate goals are not in-line even with the low end of this aim. Additionally, the EU would have to over perform if 1.5 degrees were the aim, as developing economies cannot realistically be expected to reduce emissions as quickly.
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- Climate change policy; climate adaptation; environmental governance; urban strategies; EU budget; SDG implementation
Thorfinn joined IEEP in April 2018 as a Policy Analyst for the Climate and Environmental Governance Programme. Previously he worked for six years in DG Climate Action of the European Commission in the International & Inter-Institutional Relations Unit. He participated in the UNFCCC international climate negotiations between 2014 and 2017 including for the creation of the Paris Agreement at COP21 in 2015. He studied sustainable urban development at University College London, earning an MSc in Transport & City Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning. Previously he earned an MA in European Studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada).
At IEEP he is involved in a variety of projects focusing on climate change policy, including adaptation, urban strategies, the EU budget, and SDG implementation, as well as good environmental governance.
This briefing provides an overview of key issues at stake in the meeting and progress made on the implementation of SDGs by the EU and globally in the run up to the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) to be held at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York 16 - 18 July 2018. It has been produced to support to the European Parliament delegation prior to the Forum.
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