EU 2040 Climate Target: Level of ambition and implications

A better understanding of possible designs and levels of ambition of the new 2040 EU climate target as well as an informed public debate on this climate target.

Climate Policy

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Project info


Czech Republic, Europe, Germany, Poland

Project duration:

03/23 - 11/24

Target groups:

Civil society, EU institutions, National governments



Contact info



Implementing organisation
  • Ecologic Institute gGmbH
  • Öko-Institut e.V
  • 300Gospodarka
  • Association for International Affairs (AMO)


The European Climate Law (ECL) obliges the EU to adopt a legally-binding 2040 climate target. To this end, the Commission must present a legislative proposal by May 2024. This proposal will be the start of a legislative process aimed at amening the ECL and implementing EU measures.


The project analyses the ambition level of the 2040 target. It also examines the impacts of a new 2040 target on EU Member States, sectors, and instruments. Additionally, the project aims to inform a broad debate about the 2040 target in the EU, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and other EU Member States.

Last update: June 2024