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Launch of the new European Climate and Health Observatory on 4 March 04/03/2021

Under the banner of ‘Keeping healthy in a changing climate’, the European Commission and European Environment Agency (EEA) are launching the European Climate and Health Observatory this Thursday 4 March 2021 from 14:00-16:00 CET. As well as presenting the observatory’s goals and the tools it will use, the event will stimulate discussion on the connections between climate change and health. High-level speakers from the Commission and the EEA will be present for the launch, which will also feature an interactive panel discussion with experts from observatory partner organisations and user groups.

Commission publishes contributions to public consultations on EU climate legislation 25/02/2021

The European Commission today published the contributions received to four open public consultations on forthcoming revisions of EU law to align it with the new 2030 target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels.

Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change 24/02/2021

The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences. From deadly heatwaves and devastating droughts, to decimated forests and coastlines eroded by rising sea levels, climate change is already taking its toll in Europe and worldwide. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the aim of today's proposals is to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation.

LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects 17/02/2021

The European Commission today announced an investment of €121 million for new integrated projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. This funding – increased by 20% compared to last year – will promote the green recovery and help Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia to reach their green targets. These integrated projects are expected to channel significant additional funds, helping Member States to make use of other EU funding sources, including agricultural, structural, regional and research funds, as well as national funds and private sector investment.

Landscape of subnational and non-state climate action in the EU: what science tells us today 05/02/2021

Subnational and non-state initiatives play an important role in climate action, and the number of net-zero emissions pledges is increasing rapidly among subnational and non-state actors. A new report looks into the current landscape and emission reduction potential of such initiatives in Europe.

EU and UNDP launch two-year project to address urgent adaptation financing gaps in Africa 26/01/2021

The European Union and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched a two-year project to scale up climate change adaptation in Africa yesterday at the Climate Adaptation Summit. The EU-funded project will address adaptation financing gaps in Africa to build more effective locally-led climate actions across the continent. The project will also increase the capacity to utilise climate risk information, assess and implement risk transfer mechanisms, and strengthen the knowledge and capacity to develop effective climate change adaptation solutions. It will be implemented by UNDP, in partnership with the Africa Adaptation Initiative and the African Union Commission.

Foreign Affairs Council backs EU’s ambitious goal on climate action and calls for global action to limit the damage of climate crisis 25/01/2021

EU foreign affairs ministers today underlined the sustained threat of climate change to humanity, and reiterated their support for the EU’s ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030, and reaching climate neutrality by 2050. To do so, the EU is calling for a global phase-out of harmful fossil-fuel subsidies including unabated coal in power generation, as well as promoting further technological innovation and development to advance the worldwide transformation towards climate neutrality.

Joint Statement by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the United States re-joining the Paris Agreement 21/01/2021

The European Union welcomes the decision by President Biden for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate change. We are looking forward to having the United States again at our side in leading global efforts to combat the climate crisis. The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time and it can only be tackled by combining all our forces. Climate action is our collective global responsibility.

2021 auction calendars published 21/12/2020

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) published today the 2021 EU ETS auction calendars. The auctions will start on 29 January 2021 with an auction by Germany. The auctions on the common auction platform will start on 1 February 2021 and will also include the volumes for the Innovation Fund and the Modernisation Fund. The first 2021 auction by Poland will take place on 3 February 2021.

The EU is successfully cutting harmful HFC greenhouse gases 18/12/2020

The Commission has published a report on the functioning of the EU-wide quota system for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The system was put in place in 2015 to drastically reduce the use of these greenhouse gases with a particularly potent warming effect. The gases have a range of applications in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, as well as foaming agents or aerosol propellants. Under the system, manufacturers and users of these products are incentivised to switch to more climate-friendly alternatives to significantly reduce HFC emissions.