The Paris Agreement on climate change says we'll keep global warming "well under 2°C" and try and keep it under 1.5°C.
As part of the Agreement, each country had to present a plan saying how much it would cut emissions.
In the EU, we have an overall target of 80-95% emissions reductions by 2050, on 1990 levels, but this was set before the more ambitious Paris Agreement was reached. Luckily, there is an opportunity coming up to push EU policy into line with our Paris commitments, as the EU is preparing to update its 'mid-century strategy' - its climate and energy plan for 2050.
What about individual EU countries? They also have to come up with their own climate and energy plans - both for 2030, and for 2050.
Unfortunately, when MaxiMiseR took a look at earlier version of those 2050 plans, they weren't very impressive. And not all EU countries had even produced one!
To try and make things better, we pulled together some expert advice on making a great 2050 climate plan, and even summarised it in a snazzy infographic.
What's exciting is that there's a chance now to help make EU countries' updated plans real corkers. How? Through a piece of upcoming EU law on what's known as 'Energy Union governance'. This regulation, which was proposed by the Commission last November, is being negotiated at the moment. It brings together all the different EU-level rules and guidelines on how to make energy and climate plans and targets, and helps align and simplify them.
The European Parliament has set the bar higher than the Commission with its report on the proposal. The MEPs include binding targets of 45% renewables by 2030 and 40% energy efficiency by 2030, as well as a goal of 100% renewables goal by 2050.
They also say countries should produce their 2050 climate and energy plans at the same time as their 2030 plans. This makes more sense than the original idea that the shorter ones would be developed first.
What needs to be added is a requirement for the Commission to make guidance for Member States on what to put into their 2050 plans.
Our eyes will be on the EU Parliament and Council over the next few months as they take the governance topic forwards.
After all, just as you wouldn't set off to a new destination without a virtual or paper map, so a good strong plan is essential for getting us to our climate targets.