EU 2050 low-carbon economy—snapshot
Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd
EU 2050 low-carbon economy—snapshot

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • EU 2050 low-carbon economy—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Overview
  • The 2050 roadmap and its future benefits
  • Key elements
  • Emissions reductions
  • Secure, competitive and fully decarbonised power sector
  • Buildings
  • Industrial sectors, including energy intensive industries
  • Raising land use productivity sustainably
  • More...

TitleCommission Communication of March 2011 'A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050'
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SubjectClimate change, Energy

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.


In the decade leading up to the publication of the roadmap, the EU assessed ways to make its economy more climate-friendly and less energy intensive focusing on key sectors such as power, industry, transport, buildings and farming with a major milestone set for 2050.

An increase of 2°C compared to the temperature in pre-industrial times is seen by scientists as the threshold beyond which there is a high risk that dangerous changes in the global environment will occur. In light of that, the international community has vowed to keep warming below 2°C. To keep global warming below 2°C, the world needs to halve its emissions of carbon dioxide and

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