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Volume 54, November/December 2019, Number 6 · pp. 353-358

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Green Deal for Europe: More Climate Protection and Fewer Fossil Fuel Wars

Claudia Kemfert

To mitigate climate change and meet the commitments made in the Paris Agreement, global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by up to 90% by 2050 to keep the average global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius by 2100. The European goal of being greenhouse gas neutral by 2050 is an important step towards meeting these targets. A Green Deal for Europe can set standards for ambitious climate protection, for an investment programme in future markets and for strengthening the European economy and European and non-European security. Climate protection and a sustainable energy transition not only create economic opportunities but also reduce geopolitical disputes, thus securing peace within and outside Europe.

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