Climate Action


Clean mobility: Putting an end to polluting trucks. Commission welcomes first-ever EU standards to reduce pollution from trucks 19/02/2019

The European Parliament and the Council today reached provisional agreement on a Regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict CO2 emission standards for trucks.

EU Foreign Ministers welcome vision for climate neutral Europe, call for strengthened global response to climate change 18/02/2019

The EU's foreign affairs ministers today welcomed the Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral Europe. Ministers also called for urgent and decisive action to strengthen the global response on climate change and restated the EU’s determination to lead the way on accelerated climate action on all fronts

EU invests € 116.1 million to improve the quality of life of Europeans 15/02/2019

New LIFE programme funding will unlock more than € 3.2 billion of additional support to 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects in ten Member States to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.

Commission adopts a proposal to revise the EU system to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions from ships 04/02/2019

The European Commission today adopted a proposal to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport (Regulation (EU) 2015/757) in order to take appropriate account of the global data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships established by the International Maritime Organisation.

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ETS Auctioning Regulation amendment: auctions on renewed opt-out platform for Germany to resume soon 07/01/2019

The amendment to the ETS Auctioning Regulation re-listing Germany’s opt-out auction platform entered into force on 5 January.

Global HFC phasedown starts – the EU already below its first limit 01/01/2019

Today (1 January 2019) the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol enters into force. Both developed and developing countries have taken on mandatory commitments to reduce the global production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), harmful man-made greenhouses gases.

EU phasedown of HFCs fully on track 19/12/2018

Companies have met the EU’s phasedown limit for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) for the third year in a row, a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows.

Europe accelerates the transition to clean mobility: Co-legislators agree on strong rules for the modernisation of the mobility sector 18/12/2018

The European Parliament and the Council yesterday reached a political agreement on strong rules to  decarbonise and modernise the mobility sector. They provisionally agreed on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower in 2030 compared to 2021 and emissions from new vans will have to be 31% lower.

EU and New Zealand to strengthen cooperation on emissions trading systems 17/12/2018

At the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw met and agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation on emissions trading systems.

Carbon Market Report: Surplus of EU ETS allowances continues to shrink 17/12/2018

The European Commission has adopted its annual report on the functioning of the European carbon market. Covering the year 2017, the report also presents certain initiatives proposed or agreed in 2018.