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The European Climate Neutrality Observatory (ECNO) has cautioned that member state plans for reducing emissions lack consistency and clarity, posing a risk to Europe's path to net-zero emissions. ECNO analysed five draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) - Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden - and found an overreliance on green hydrogen, biofuels and carbon storage without a clear infrastructure roadmap. These plans fall short of policy detail and transparency. The EU aims to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, making transparent and effective NECPs crucial to achieving these targets. ECNO recommends clear national targets, coordination between member states and addressing these issues in the next European Commission's work programme.

Source of information: https://sciencebusiness.net/news/low-carbon/contradictory-national-energy-plans-mean-eu-risks-missing-2030-climate-targets (Published 01 February 2024).