Introduce an EU-wide Price on Carbon
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The global scientific community has reached a consensus through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC (source) that human activities and CO2 emissions have already caused 1°C of global warming and are likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052.
Impacts on natural and human systems from global warming have already been observed and many ecosystems have already changed. The IPCC predicts substantial climate-related risks for natural and human systems that increase substantially as warming increases. These risks include extreme temperatures, regions with heavy precipitation and regions with drought, species loss and extinction, sea level rise displacing millions of people, etc. These impacts are irreversible and will persist for centuries to millennia and will continue to cause further long-term changes.
Reaching and sustaining net zero global CO2 emissions is the only way to halt global warming.
The European Union is currently the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world.
The EU has a responsibility towards its citizens and the rest of the world to implement the necessary solutions to steer humanity towards a sustainable future.
We must act now before the future of our planet will be permanently jeopardised.
To realistically achieve this goal in an effective time frame we must move within the rules of the current global system and ensure it is aimed at resolving this issue. Introducing a price on carbon across the entire European Union is the only way to ensure that a strong economic function will steer society towards a sustainable future.
The signatories demand that the EU introduce a binding regulation to ensure that all European States introduce a gradually increasing price on carbon to ensure that net zero anthropogenic CO2 emissions will be achieved by at least 2040.
Energy production accounts for over 70% of all global emissions (source). The price on carbon shall be added to the price of CO2 emitting energy sources (e.g. Coal, Oil, Gas) according to their emissions and will be redistributed equally to all citizens though tax rebates or similar measures (a "revenue neutral" system for member states).
This will incentivise businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by choosing cheaper renewable energy sources while rewarding ordinary citizens for making sustainable choices (e.g. buying non polluting products such as electric cars will be much cheaper than diesel SUVs).
The price on carbon should gradually rise over a period of 5-10 years to allow businesses to adapt to those changes. At the end of this period the price should be high enough to promote and accelerate an irreversible and rapid shift in investments towards renewable energy sources and solutions.
To ensure the competitiveness of EU business on the global stage, carbon tariffs should also be imposed on any imports from countries that have not implemented a similar or superior price on carbon. Those tariffs should raise gradually in a similar way to the carbon price. Such measure adopted by a global player like the EU could even generate a domino effect that could rapidly steer the entire world towards a global price on carbon.
These tariffs should also be revenue-neutral for member states ensuring that less developed countries receive the full proceeds from those tariffs in the form of investments or grants for sustainable energy projects.
Carbon pricing works, but time is running out. We must act now to save our planet and our future.
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