Is the EU’s 30% climate budget greenwashing?

From Gulf Times

By Leonie Kijewski, DPA Brussels

When then-defence minister for Germany Ursula von der Leyen ran for the European Union’s top job last year, she pitched herself as a climate enthusiast.

“We must go further. We must strive for more,” she said during her candidate speech at the European Parliament. “I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.”
She got the job, and has been serving as European Commission president since December.

Under her leadership, the commission — though the initial proposal pre-dates her presidency — suggested spending 25% of the European Union’s seven-year budget and the coronavirus recovery package on “climate targets.”

The EU governments pushed for even more, and committed to spending 30% of the EU’s budget on climate — a 10% jump from the 2014-20 budget. With a total package of 1.8tn euros ($2.1tn), the climate tag comes in at 600bn euros.

But while that might sound good on paper, environmentalists remain sceptical.

“The problem is right now it’s turned into massive greenwashing,” said Berenice Dupeux, senior policy officer for agriculture at the European Environmental Bureau, a network of various environmental groups.
She said most of the spending that the EU counted under its climate umbrella — about 50% — isn’t actually to be spent on the environment: instead, they went to the union’s Common Agriculture Policy, without setting additional climate criteria.

And a large chunk of that money was paid out as direct payment to farmers to support their income, she said.

Yet, as the commission expects farmers to respect environmental regulations the EU had put in place, it automatically counts 20% of direct payments as going towards the climate target.

But as standards were simply the bare minimum, Dupeux said, and no one checked what the farmers use the money for, the percentage didn’t reflect reality.

Dupreux alleged that much of this approach, which she said lacked scientific evidence, stemmed from political pressure.

The commission is often dependent on the approval of the 27 governments in the bloc, so its rules aimed at striking a balance between the different interests.

The national agricultural ministers, in turn, wouldn’t agree on cutting funding from direct farmers and financing pure climate activities instead, she said.

“Politically, they will not survive if they do that. They don’t want to touch the pot of money that is spent for social issues and shift it to climate,” she said.

The European Commission rejected the allegation. “This is the biggest green investment package the world has ever seen,” a commission spokesperson said. “The ambitions for a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe will remain guiding principles of the Next Generation EU and the next long-term budget.”

The spokesperson said that it followed a “clear and well-established” methodology to measure progress, namely the so-called Rio markers.
The Rio markers measure whether reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the principal objective of an activity, a secondary but significant objective, or if it does not target climate change at all.

Depending on that assessment, it attributes how many per cent of a spending activity went to climate.

For Dupeux, the EU’s use of this method failed to produce any tangible results as it didn’t look into the actual effects a project had on climate.
Markus Trilling, finance and subsidies policy co-ordinator at Climate Action Network, echoed her assessment and said that much clearer benchmarks were needed to assess what projects and investments the money should be spent on.

The current budget approach to climate, he said, “is an accounting exercise rather than a strategic, forward-looking planning approach.”
But the commission said its agricultural policy required EU countries to put sufficient emphasis on climate. “Member states will have the legal obligation to clearly show greater ambition than at present with regard to care for the environment and climate,” a spokesperson said.

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79 thoughts on “Is the EU’s 30% climate budget greenwashing?

  1. How can this ever happen when we will be buying more and more stuff from China and India, helping them generate more and more CO2

  2. “as it didn’t look into the actual effects a project had on climate.”

    Of course they didn’t – they never do. Because to do so would reveal that huge amounts of public money are being wasted to achieve barely discernible reductions in the global average temperature. It has become the greatest farce in human history.

    Apparently, if all the nations who signed up to the virtue-signalling Paris Agreement carried out all the actions they had pledged then GAT would fall by 0.3ºC by 2100. But, of course, not only have these nations NOT implemented most of their trumpeted ‘reforms’ but China – aware that it will be restricted to the CO2 emissions it is producing in 2030 – is building coal-fired power stations at an astonishing rate.

    Our history regularly throws up these periods of collective hysteria – the South Sea Bubble, the Dutch Tulip Bubble, the Y2K nonsense – and CAGW is the latest (and certainly the biggest, thanks to modern media technology). Those of us who take the longer view understand that it is complete bollocks, of course, but politely pointing out the presence of a cliff edge will not stop you being trampled underfoot by the human lemmings as they rush onward, possessed by the latest version of a case of the screaming abdabs.

    As far as the EU is concerned, the only difference is that as an organisation it is entirely incompetent and completely corrupt from top to bottom. By corrupt, I mean politically, financially and morally corrupt. Here in the UK we have finally managed to slip its clutches although many of the Scots are clamoring to leave the UK and join the EU. Human mental frailty is in evidence everywhere.

    • John……..I trust the Scots won’t be so stupid. Despite all the “Braveheart” blah-blah from the SNP along with the ever-unreliable opinion polls, most Scots realise that there is NO PLAN to address how Scotland would survive as an independent nation. It already has a huge fiscal deficit and without funds from Westminster, that situation would be much, much worse. It certainly can’t rely on its now-ruined oil & gas industry to prop up its economy, as had been promoted by the SNP prior to their referendum defeat. And, of course, the EU has strict rules about countries who can’t balance the books so an independent Scotland’s chances of even gaining re-entry to the EU are pretty slim, at best.

      So, as usual, all that sound & fury from the SNP’s tartan army signifies nothing!

      • Most of my Scottish friends want out of the Union.

        I respect their decision even if I think they are fools.

        I think Scotland will leave the Union, possibly followed by Northern Ireland. Assuming Scotland will be able to join the EU, after repatriating all the Scots 😉 we will have to close the border with Scotland and impose whatever tariffs are agreed with the EU.

        I also think the EU will welcome the Scots regardless of the rules just to spite the UK. IIRC, the EU told the Scots before the referendum they would be welcomed back into the EU fold should they decide to leave the UK.

        Pretty hypocritical given that the EU have told Catalonia they will be on their own should they decide to leave Spain.

        • Redge

          It would take the best part of a generation before Scotland was granted entry to the EU were it to win independence, by which time the country would be bankrupt. Even were it only ten years the net result would be the same.

          The EU itself is in trouble, they don’t want another basket case to rescue. As usual the SNazi’s demand entry, as they demanded all ‘their’ Oil, and ‘I want doesn’t get’.

          Even with the Unions support, the country is going down the tubes.

          The real scandal amongst all this is that in 13+ years of power, the SNazi party has failed to attract a single major industrial business. There are, however, lots of low skilled Amazon and call centre jobs. Meanwhile, their education system is appalling and the Scottish NHS is utterly dire, the country has the worst drug problem in the whole of Europe, they have the highest Taxes in the UK, and their Coronavirus record is lamentable.

          None of this is going unnoticed.

          • I don’t disagree with you, HotScot.

            I think most of my Scottish friends vote with their heart rather than with their brains.

            One friend in particular voted out of the union mostly because she hated the monarchy, without considering the damage it could do to the Scottish economy.

        • “I also think the EU will welcome the Scots regardless of the rules just to spite the UK.”

          You think the EU wants a Greece without sun shine?

          They might be spiteful, but they haven’t got the money to afford to indulge their spite.

          • One friend in particular voted out of the union mostly because she hated the monarchy, without considering the damage it could do to the Scottish economy.

            Sounds just like the anti-fracking crowd.

      • Wait – are you guys saying that whole Europe United thingy isn’t working, after all? This is fascinating. I wondered just how long it would take. Any possibility that Wales and Cornwall might decide to become united against the rest of the island?

        Somehow, it sounds silly but it isn’t. really silly. Small cracks seem to be appearing in everything, everywhere. Small cracks can get lots bigger as time goes by. The South can still secede from the North.

    • If you think the Chinese have any intention of limiting their coal consumption or their CO2 output because of some paper that it signed with inferior westerners, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that you ought to buy.

      • Naw- they’ll just fake their books to make themselves look Greener… Build a couple hundred fake turbines or something to make it look plausible- like they built those fake malls..

        (I’ve been inside one: it was the creepiest feeling)

  3. A few decades ago anyone that suggested that the EU governments would want to spend 30% of its budget on trying to change the climate of the World, by fiddling with windmills and telling farmers how to suck eggs, would have been regarded as insane. The idea all makes the South Sea Bubble, Dutch Tulip Bubble and the Y2K spoof look like serious financial endeavours

  4. Howard, what happened on your initiative to make. Geolsoc London review its executive stance on climate, and justify its stance to membership

  5. ” “I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.””

    “Climate-neutral continent????” Really?
    How sad to see such ignorant people, people who went to college and university, and believe that garbage and it has any meaning in the real world.

    She (Ursula von der Leyen) might as well believe in voodoo magic, volcano gods, and rain-dances if she believes that anti-science nonsense.
    Clearly, the climate scammers have gotten their money’s worth in paying to dumb-down the education systems in Germany. Nice job Vladimir.

    • If UvdL is worrking in the EU Commission as she was working as Minister of Defence in Germany, ok that may be a successs 😀 . No flying Navy helicopter over sea (rust problems…) and several comparable problems in other Army parts, that leads to less CO2 production.
      But fine, since her, we have an army with kindergarten 😀

  6. ” “I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.””

    “Climate-neutral continent????” Really?
    How sad to see such ignorant people, people who went to college and university, and believe that climate garbage, and that it has any meaning in the real world.

    She (Ursula von der Leyen) might as well believe in voodoo magic, volcano gods, and rain-dances with virgin sacrifices if she believes that anti-science nonsense.
    Clearly, the climate scammers have gotten their money’s worth in paying the EU to dumb-down the education systems in Germany. Nice job Vladimir.

  7. the EU of course had the world’s largest drop in CO2 emissions in 2019:

    “Energy-related CO2 emissions in the European Union, including the United Kingdom, dropped by 160 Mt, or 5%, to reach 2.9 Gt. The power sector drove the trend, with a decline of 120 Mt of CO2, or 12%, resulting from increasing renewables and switching from coal to gas. Output from the European Union’s coal-fired power plants dropped by more than 25% in 2019, while gas-fired generation increased by close to 15% to overtake coal for the first time.”

    https://www.iea.org/articles/global-co2-emissions-in-2019

    Together, the 27 member states of the European Union plus the UK are the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide – responsible for a combined 9% of global emissions.

    The EU has a large impact on climate change and is a leader on CO2 reduction…

  8. Let us not forget here green credentials extend to global population control.
    She only managed to have seven yes seven children, before she looked up the world hypocrisy.

  9. When EU talks budgets I feel the cold ants of existential anxiety running circles on my back.

    Printing more Euros and rising taxes won’t fill the tanks in midflight. No Ladies and Gentlemen, virtual fuel, even plenty of it, won’t make your day.

  10. It’s a double-fake. They are pretending to “reduce carbon”, which itself is an idea that pretends to “save the planet”. The Climate Liars even lie about their lying. They have no shame.

  11. The European Union is a corrupt Mafia style protection racket, that has bought politicians and institutions all across Europe, and operates by extorting funds and distributing them to where its interest will best be served whilst operating the pretext that its ‘all in the best possible taste* interest of the people.
    Anyone who though green funds would be deployed to actually reduce carbon emissions is, not to put too fine a point on it, criminally naïve…

    * All in the best possible taste..

  12. Thats a relief, for a moment there I thought they were taking this CO2 rubbish seriously!

  13. “I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.”

    Is this a climb down from achieving Net Zero by 2050?

  14. Come on everybody- CO2 is not climate!!! The whole shebang is a howling nonsense. Many of the posts above worry me on a sceptic blogosphere

  15. Ok, they may be half-lying. Unfortunately, there is some truth in statements from EU.

    I am pretty sure that we will waste a lot of billions on windmills, electrical vehicles, ridiculous climate actions, meaningless climate research and undefined climate jobs (city climate experts). The main effect is that we will become less competitive with Asia.
    Sometimes I think it would be better just to burn the money.

  16. Leo Smith.Totally agree.EU is full of self- serving nose – in -the trough politicians who waste tax-payers money with gay abandon.The waste AND corruption is staggering.That’s one of the reasons (but by no means the only one) why we Brits left.The problem we Scots have is that the Scottish Government ,run by the SNP ,is virtually a Communist one- supported (surprise surprise) by the Scottish Green Party.The reason more Scots seem to want independence is that Boris Johnson’s handling of the covid crisis has seemed inept compared to that of Nicola Sturgeon.-Also Boris seems to rub Scots the wrong way!
    Nicola Sturgeon ,leader of the SNP and Scotland’s First Minister ,is a clever and ruthless politician .She will do anything and say anything to achieve Scottish Independence.Rejoin EU? certainly, if she thinks saying that will persuade Scots to vote for independence.The sad fact is that though she is an accomplished politician her government ,like all left wing governments,is seriously incompetent.At the moment she is”fooling most of the people most of the time. “

  17. I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050. – article

    I do my best to try to understand politicians and their gobbledygook speechifyin’ but this one — well, it just doesn’t make any sense. What in the blinkin’ blue-eyed bimbo bureaucratic world is the meaning of ‘climate neutral’? Huh? Someone please enlighten me. Does ‘climate neutral’ mean a year-round temperature of 70F with precipitation at the beck and call of the politic worms that are trying to ruin things?

    Frankly, Jabberwocky makes whole lot more sense.

    • Sara-

      I also wondered what climate-neutral meant. Are they going to bring the earth’s axis tilt to zero degrees, so we will have no seasons?

      Thinking about it, I realized that I have become climate-neutral, not on a continental scale, but in my house. The temperature in my house never varies more than a total of 6 degrees F, day or night, all year. And it never rains. Well, it did rain 3 years ago when a hail storm broke my skylight, and it rained in the house. But other than that, climate-neutral all year.

  18. “a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe”

    So the EU retires any sort of coal & gas base load in favor of solar and wind, the sun stops shining, the wind stops blowing, and in the world of resulting black and brown outs… goodbye to your digits!!

    Laughable.

    Goodbye, and thanks for (the return of) all the fish.

  19. Climate neutral. Yes, we’ve all been emitting far too much climate. Not only do we need to stop emitting climate, we have to actively capture climate and, erm, bury it.. in a hole.. somewhere.

    • Oh, is there a limit and nobody told me? Durnburnit, I just can’t keep up any more. It’s almost like it changes with the way the wind blows…. wait, that’s a clue right there, isn’t it? 🙂

  20. Boris and his Take Back Control worked well in the North of England with unemployed ex-miners, ex-textile workersand ex-Shipbuilders, and in the Midlands of England with ex-manufacturing workers. But not in Scotland where many of the same groups blame Mrs Thatcher and Westminster Tories for their industries moving East.

    Taken with comparisons to Norway which has become wealthy on the back of oil and Hydro-electricity, for Scotland oil revenues were used to pay for 5 million UK unemployed. For many taking back control means taking it back from Westminster. All the messages about the dead hand of Brussels, sunlight uplands etc ad infinitum can be applied to Westminster y clever politicians, even not so clever ones. Ad homs against a leader are usually counter productive.

    Any Indy Ref2 will start off with the premise look what happened last time a Tory PM promised what he couldn’t deliver.

    I’m not saying which is right and which is wrong just sitting watching with the words of Burns addressing a mouse depressing me.

    Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
    The present only toucheth thee:
    But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
    On prospects drear!
    An’ forward tho’ I canna see,
    I guess an’ fear!

  21. “We must go further. We must strive for more,”

    Sure, Danish windmills are helping a lot today:
    Wind turbine current contribution to total load: 3%
    Wind turbine current Capacity Factor: 2%
    Current electricity import: 65%

    Yes, we need to plant a lot more wind turbines, preferably produced outside EU, so we do not risk being accused of producing CO2 from the production.

    The strategy of the Catastrophic Climate Change Policy (CCCP) is fulfilled to schedule in line with the 1984 prescription.

    Welcome to the bright new world of Agenda21 – be happy!

  22. And by 20:30, Germany will be getting precisely 0.0GW from solar, but not to worry fossil fuels are quietly burning away, wasting energy, bur ready for when the sun doesn’t shine.

    So consumers are paying for solar energy and fossil fuel to be always ready – no wonder energy prices are huge in Germany

    • The electricity price for households is only about 45 percent above the European average. We strongly urge Griff to press them to go harder the future of the planet is at stake. All the nuclear power stations have to be shutdown by 2022 so those renewable unicorns in Germany better get a move on.

      • But as I repeatedly state, German households are energy efficient and their bills are lower than in the US.

        and just think: very many of them have solar panels or shares in community windfarms…

        • You keep saying but the German news say differently and you aren’t exactly a known for telling the truth … remember the fact checks I ran on you before you left only to come back? Remember why you left …. for lying.

          • I am telling the truth… the evidence is out there for you to find, if you had the will to do it.

            some sites keep repeating figures about German power without ever checking them.

            I’ve only ever left here when the US political nonsense got too much.

            (I’m only back so much lately as stuck in house while various bits of structural maintenance need addressing after covid induced halt!)

            The German desire to halt nuclear is perverse on one level, but Germans see good reasons, separate from climate issues, to proceed with it.

        • “But as I repeatedly state, German households are energy efficient and their bills are lower than in the US.”

          Average German dwelling sizes are about 33% smaller than those in the U.S., IIRC. Clothes dryers aren’t as common. Nor is A/C, I suspect.

          About 400,000 German households have had their electricity cut off for neon-payment of bills, IIRC. Germans are cutting down lots of trees for firewood.

        • What are you smoking, griff ?
          Is that free stuff or with prescripting only ?
          Even if lower than in US, always to high for a lot of people, believe me, what ever you repeatedly may state, it’s nonsense or a lie, often enough (always, precisely said) you have been proven wrong.
          Don’t try to tel a German s.th. about energy prices in Germany.

          Even you must know, that comparing energy bills without coomparing income, and necessary other living costs and taxes is idiotic. Why do you always try to spread your BS ?

    • Germany is getting half its power requirements, or thereabouts… from an absolutely predictable power source

      • “Germany is getting half its power requirements, or thereabouts… from an absolutely predictable power source”

        Surely you’re joking. Doesn’t Germany rely on backup power from Poland (coal) and France (nuclear)? What’ll happen when they’re gone, as EU plans intend?

        • Predictible ???? 😀 😀 😀
          You mean the sun ?? 😀 😀 😀
          In the afternoon today, a greater part of Germany was under clouds, rain and thundersrorms, local heat thunderstorms, not because of a cold front, that’s forecasted for around Thursday.
          So many thunderstorms were not predicted, but your friend, the sun was 😀 😀 😀

          • Local heat thunderstormss can’t be forecasted, not where, not their strength, not the way they will take.
            That may be more or less guessed.

            The German Weather Service was 3 days in a row wrong in concern of temperarures for northern Germany, about 5-9°C !!
            Very adequate forecasts 😀

  23. My sports car is already climate neutral. I have that in writing from Shell, including the numbers. So I don’t need an electric car and if I had one, it would make no difference.

  24. The North Sea is almost depleted and Europe has very little oil, natural gas, thermal coal or metallurgical coal. Therefore, IMO, is one of the primary reasons many Europeans accept the shoddy climate science.

    • “The North Sea is almost depleted and Europe has very little oil, natural gas, thermal coal or metallurgical coal.”

      Lot of peat in Ireland, though!

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