The Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) leads the European Commission's efforts to fight climate change at EU and international level.
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.
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").
We promote the development of low-carbon technologies and adaptation measures, including:
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 220. It was set up in 2010, climate change having previously been handled by the Commission's DG Environment.