What we do
The Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) leads the European Commission's efforts to fight climate change at EU and international level.
- formulate and implement climate policies and strategies
- take a leading role in international negotiations on climate
- implement the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)
- monitor national emissions by EU member countries
- promote low-carbon technologies & adaptation measures
We lead the Commission task forces in international negotiations on climate change and ozone-depleting substances, and coordinate bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships on climate change with non-EU countries.
Emissions trading system
We implement the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and promote its links with other carbon trading systems, with the ultimate aim of building a global carbon trading market.
We monitor how EU member countries are implementing their national targets in sectors outside the EU ETS ("Effort Sharing Decision").
Technology & adaptation
We promote the development of low-carbon technologies and adaptation measures, including:
- carbon capture & storage
- cutting emissions of fluorinated gases
- cutting use of ozone-depleting substances
- standards for vehicle-efficiency and fuel quality
We do this by creating regulatory frameworks to guide the deployment of these technologies and by providing financial support.
DG CLIMA has a staff of around 160. It was set up in 2010, climate change having previously been handled by the Commission's DG Environment.