Climate Action


UN climate conference in Katowice: EU aims for adoption of rules and guidelines for implementing Paris Agreement 03/12/2018

This year's UN climate conference will be a key moment for implementation of the Paris Agreement, with Parties aiming to finalise detailed rules and guidelines - the Paris ‘work programme' - that will enable the landmark accord to be put into practice across the world.

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050 28/11/2018

Today the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all. The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition.

Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of key files of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package 13/11/2018

New rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union have been signed off by the European Parliament today – an important step in enabling the European Union and its Member States to embrace the clean energy transition, follow up on the already adopted 2030 climate legislation and meet the Paris Agreement commitments.

Europe is ready for climate impacts: Commission evaluates its strategy 12/11/2018

Adapting the EU regions and economic sectors to the impacts of climate change is now more urgent than forecast in the EU’s 2013 adaptation strategy. This is one of the key findings of the Commission’s evaluation of the strategy published today. The analysis results in a report on lessons learned and reflections on improvements for future action.

EU on track to implement Paris commitments, Member States preparing 2030 energy and climate plans 26/10/2018

The European Union reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 22% between 1990 and 2017, while the economy grew by 58% over the same period. According to the new EU climate action progress report, however, amid robust economic growth, emissions increased slightly by 0.6 % between 2016 and 2017, mainly in transport and industry.

LIFE Programme: Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action 25/10/2018

The European Commission has approved an investment package of € 243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.

Commissioner Arias Cañete in Poland for ministerial dialogue ahead of UN climate conference (COP24) 23/10/2018

Ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP24), Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will take part in a ministerial dialogue on climate change known as 'pre-COP' in Kraków, Poland, on 23-24 October.

Global Commission on Adaptation launched in The Hague 16/10/2018

A new Global Commission on Adaptation, aimed at enhancing the political visibility of adapting to climate change, was officially launched today at a high-level event in The Hague.

EU and Eastern partner countries strengthen cooperation on environment, circular economy and climate action 09/10/2018

At the second Eastern Partnership (EaP) formal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change today in Luxembourg, the EU and the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine)  reaffirmed the need to keep environment and climate action high on political and economic agendas.

Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Carlos Moedas welcome the UN climate change report on 1.5° C global warming limit 08/10/2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today issued its Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. The report provides policy-makers across the globe with a strong scientific basis for their efforts to modernise the economy, tackle climate change, promote sustainable development and eradicate poverty.