The European Commission has welcomed the significant progress made in Vienna towards agreeing an amendment to the Montreal Protocol this October for a global reduction in the use of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The 196 Parties of the Montreal Protocol, who met from 15-23 July, agreed the key elements of the amendment proposal.
Montreal Protocol negotiations to phase-down climate warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) enter crunch time
EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Vienna on 21-22 July to take part in negotiations on amending the Montreal Protocol to achieve a global reduction in the use of climate warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs ). An HFC phase-down would be a concrete step towards implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Commission today presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. The global low-carbon transition is already underway and gaining momentum, following the adoption of the first universal climate change agreement last December. Today's proposal will help Member States prepare for the future and keep Europe competitive. It is part of the EU's strategy for a resilient Energy Union with a forward looking climate policy
The European Commission gives importers of equipment filled with hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) an additional option for ensuring compliance with the F-gas Regulation. Quota authorisations are needed for imported HFC refrigeration, air conditioning and heatpump equipment from 1 January 2017. Now importers can get quota authorisations not only directly from quota holders but also via the manufacturers of the equipment (known as the pooling option). For authorisations to be valid they must be entered in the HFC Registry.
The EU today launched a €3.5 million cooperation project with the Republic of Korea to support the implementation of East Asia's first national emissions trading system. The project, which will run for three years, marks a new chapter in climate change cooperation, which plays an important part in the Strategic Partnership between the EU and Korea.
The application process for European Union side events taking place during the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco(COP22/CMP12), is now open.
Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will participate in high level discussions on the requirements for implementing the new global climate change agreement when he visits Berlin from 4-5 July.
The European Commission is to step up its collaboration with China on emissions trading, with a new 10 million EUR (more than 70 million yuan) cooperation project (financed under the EU Foreign Partnership Instrument). EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete made the announcement during a visit to China, where he is meeting Chinese officials as well as EU industries and businesses. The three-year project, which starts in 2017, will enhance EU-China cooperation on emissions trading and coincide with the launch of a nationwide carbon market in China. It will build on the existing cooperation project which started in 2014 and has supported the roll-out of seven pilot schemes across the country.
Two major global initiatives to fight climate change at city level are merging to create an alliance of more than 7,100 cities across the world called the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
The European Commission today presented a proposal for the European Union to ratify the Paris Agreement, the world's first universal, legally binding deal to tackle climate change.