Climate Action


Europe on the Move: Commission proposes first ever EU-wide CO2 emission standards for new heavy-duty vehicles 17/05/2018

The Juncker Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility. It is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system.

CO2 emissions from new vans sold in Europe: strong decrease in 2017 17/05/2018

New light commercial vehicles sold in the EU in 2017 emit 7.7 g less carbon dioxide (CO2)/km than those sold in 2016, according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency. This is the highest annual reduction since CO2 standards for vans came into force.

Member States' emission reduction targets for 2021 to 2030 adopted 14/05/2018

The Council today formally adopted binding annual greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for EU Member States from 2021 to 2030. The legislation is a major step in implementing the EU's climate goals.

Regulation on land use, land use change and forestry in 2030 climate and energy framework adopted 14/05/2018

Under new EU legislation adopted today, EU Member States have to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from land use, land use change or forestry are offset by at least an equivalent removal of CO₂ from the atmosphere in the period 2021 to 2030.

UN climate talks bring moderate progress on Paris Agreement rulebook 10/05/2018

Global climate negotiators have made some important incremental steps forward on a detailed rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement, but a major shift in gear will be required to secure adoption of the rules this year, as was agreed in Paris 2015.

Commission Notice on the preliminary Carbon Leakage List for the EU Emissions Trading System for Phase 4 (2021-2030) 08/05/2018

The recently revised EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Directive sets out the rules for the system of free allocation to industry for the period 2021-2030 and empowers the European Commission to adopt a delegated act to supplement the Directive concerning the sectors and subsectors exposed to the risk of carbon leakage.

EU seeks progress on Paris Agreement rules, forward momentum at UN climate talks 30/04/2018

The European Union is seeking important steps forward on the detailed rules for implementing the Paris Agreement and looks forward to participating in 'Talanoa Dialogue' discussions at the UN climate conference from 30 April to 10 May in Bonn, Germany.

Emissions trading: European Commission and China hold first policy dialogue 26/04/2018

The European Commission and China's newly-created Ministry of Ecology and Environment held their first policy dialogue on emissions trading in Beijing today (26 April), following the recent launch of China's nationwide carbon trading system.

No fuel efficiency improvements in new cars sold in Europe in 2017 23/04/2018

New cars sold in the EU in 2017 emitted slightly more carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre than those sold in 2016, provisional data show. This is the first increase in average CO2 emissions of the new EU car fleet since monitoring began in 2010.

Commissioners Bulc and Arias Cañete welcome the IMO agreement on CO2 reductions in the maritime sector 13/04/2018

Following the agreement reached today at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete issued the following statement: