Climate Action

Towards the Paris Protocol

All countries that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – 195 nations, plus the EU – have agreed to adopt a new global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015 which will take effect in 2020.

The EU has set out its vision for the new agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global average surface temperature to below 2°C compared to pre-industrial times to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and President Jean-Claude Juncker

EU action areas

The EU is already taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in all areas of its activity. This means more efficient use of less polluting energy, cleaner and more balanced transport options, more environmentally-friendly land-use and agriculture, more sustainable and resilient cities, fewer emissions from all sectors of our economy, and financing for climate action.

This website presents some examples of the EU's most successful policies, legislation and initiatives to fight climate change. The list is by no means exhaustive but gives an idea of the extent of our activities and aims to provide examples of interest and inspire further action around the world.

Global action

In preparation for the Paris conference, countries from across the world have submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDC) to the new agreement to the UNFCCC's INDC Portal.