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EU Scientific Climate Council advocates for the end of fossil fuel subsidies & livestock farming state aid in new report

In a comprehensive 300+ page report, the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change is urging the EU to take immediate action to address the escalating issues of fossil fuel subsidies and state aid to livestock farming. The report highlights the persistence of fossil fuel subsidies and their detrimental impact on climate goals, along with the need to align agriculture policies with climate objectives.
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The report reveals that fossil fuel subsidies in the EU have not only persisted but have increased, particularly in response to the recent energy crisis. The European Commission's annual State of the Energy Union report and independent assessments from organizations such as the EEA and OECD indicate a lack of progress in phasing out these subsidies. Reported fossil fuel subsidies more than doubled in 2022, reaching approximately EUR 120 billion, exceeding the amount of subsidies for renewables EUR 87 billion in 2022.

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What's more alarming is the absence of clear phase-out plans or deadlines for the majority of fossil fuel subsidies. While the eighth European Environmental Action Programme (EAP) calls for a deadline consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 °C, only five Member States (!) have enacted laws or plans specifying how and when to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. More than half of these subsidies lack an end date or extend beyond 2030, posing a significant hindrance to the transition to climate neutrality
Fossil fuel subsidies are a major obstacle to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. By lowering the cost of fossil fuel use, these subsidies hinder the reorientation of financial flows toward non-fossil alternatives. The report argues that a rapid phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies is essential to close the climate investment gap and align with international commitments, including the COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact.

Another key theme tackled by the report is the impact of agriculture on the climate. The report highlights the need to halt state aid to livestock farming, which is responsible for approximately 11% of European greenhouse gas emissions. The EU should shift Common Agricultural Policy support away from emission-intensive agricultural practices, including livestock production, and towards lower-emitting products, environmental services and economic diversification.
To address emissions from agriculture, the Advisory Board recommends introducing a CO2 price on agricultural emissions. This pricing mechanism, already in place for heavy industry, electricity, and aviation, could potentially make meat more expensive for consumers. The report suggests compensatory measures, such as reducing VAT on fruits and vegetables to zero, to offset potential cost increases for essential groceries. At the same time, the EU should strengthen measures to encourage healthier, more plant-based diets, and develop a framework for just transition to an agricultural sector consistent with the climate neutrality objective.
Read more about the report and the 13 measures recommended by the EU Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change here 👇



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  • Boniface Kuria

    12 w

    Remove fossil fuel subsidies, make them expensive and inaccessible to most people and invest in and subsidize green renewable energy. This will discourage fossil fuel consumption and encourage use green energy. Lets take action now.

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  • George Kariuki

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    Aligning financial flows with clean energy alternatives is crucial for closing the climate investment gap.

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        13 w

        Its a bold move, that will discourage the dependancy of fossil fuel

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        • Jane Wangui

          13 w

          @elizbeth_gathigia Then we can have an easier transition to completely embrace clean energy.

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        • johnte ndeto

          13 w

          Ending fossil fuels subsidies will discourage the use of fossil fuels which impacts on climate positively

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          • Joseph Githinji

            13 w

            This is a great step rolled up by EU Scientific Climate Council to aid in phasing out fossil fuels. The EU should sought to implement this in the future.

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            • walter lungayi

              13 w

              It's a crucial step towards addressing the detrimental impact of these practices on the environment.

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              • Gorffly mokua

                13 w

                This is a commendable and a significant step!👏💚

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                • Esther Wanjiku

                  13 w

                  This is a bold move, the subsidies on fossil fuels were beginning to increase in what would have seen the uptake go through the roof as well.

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                  • Princess

                    13 w

                    This is a promising move by the EU Scientific Climate Council!

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                    • Rashid Kamau

                      13 w

                      @princess_nel_268 Absolutely! it needs to be embraced by all means possible.

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                    • Marine Stephan

                      13 w

                      Let's hope the EU institutions and the members of the EU will listen to the science and start phasing out fossil fuels!

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                      • Gorffly mokua

                        13 w

                        @marine_stephan This is the best way out!

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                        • Rashid Kamau

                          13 w

                          @marine_stephan They need to make great sacrifices for a healthy planet.

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                        • Tabitha Kimani

                          13 w

                          Fossil fuels should not be subsidized but instead any support should go to clean energy sources.

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