Commission adopts new guidance on how to protect future infrastructure projects against climate change

 

The European Commission has published new technical guidance on climate protection of infrastructure projects for the period 2021-2027.

These guidelines will allow climate considerations to be integrated into future investments and the development of infrastructure projects, whether they are buildings, network infrastructure or a series of systems and built assets. In this way, European institutional and private investors will be able to make informed decisions on projects deemed compatible with the Paris Agreement and the EU's climate objectives.

The guidelines adopted last week will, therefore, help the EU to implement the European Green Deal, to apply the instructions of the European climate law and to contribute to greener EU spending.

They are part of the perspective of a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of -55% by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050, they respect the principles of ‘primacy of energy efficiency 'and‘ not to cause significant harm' and they meet the requirements set out in the legislation for several EU funds such as InvestEU, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF ) and the Just Transition Fund (FTJ).

A press release is available online.