Climate Action


EU celebrates best projects for nature, environment and climate action 17/05/2019

During EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – the LIFE programme announced the winners of the 2018 LIFE Awards. The three winners come from Italy (Nature category), Spain (Environment category), and Greece (Climate Action category).

Emissions trading: Revised 2019 auction calendars including EEA EFTA volumes published 16/05/2019

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) today published the revised 2019 calendars for the auctions of general and aviation allowances in order to include the auction volumes of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA EFTA states).

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Berlin for international climate talks 13/05/2019

Today and tomorrow, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Berlin to participate in the 10th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual gathering of over 30 ministers from around the world for discussions in support of the UN climate change negotiating process.

Forthcoming publication of annual surplus indicator for ETS Market Stability Reserve 13/05/2019

On 15 May 2019, after 18:00 / 6 pm CEST, the European Commission will publish the total number of allowances in circulation on the European carbon market.

EU Emissions Trading System: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to start auctions on the common auction platform soon 23/04/2019

The EEA EFTA states – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) will soon be able to auction emission allowances on the common auction platform. With the formal requirements now cleared, the European Energy Exchange (EEX) will publish the corresponding amendment to the auction calendar shortly.

Clean mobility: Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of first-ever EU-wide CO2 emission standards for new heavy-duty vehicles to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions 18/04/2019

The European Parliament today approved the first-ever EU-wide CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The new rules set targets for reducing the average emissions from new lorries for 2025 and 2030.

Clean mobility: New CO2 emission standards for cars and vans adopted 15/04/2019

The Council of Ministers today agreed on CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans in the EU for the period after 2020. In 2030, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower and emissions from new vans 31% lower, compared to 2021.

The Energy Union: from vision to reality 09/04/2019

The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted today, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. Europe is already a global leader in fighting climate change. European policies implemented over the last five years in all policy areas have put the EU on the right track to fully embrace the clean energy transition, seizing the economic opportunities that it offers, creating growth and jobs and a healthier environment for consumers.

Slight increase in average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe in 2017, while CO2 emissions from new vans continue to decrease 04/04/2019

The EU fleet average of CO2 emissions of new vehicles in 2017 stayed well below the applicable target, according to final data published by the European Environment Agency. However, for the first time, average CO2 emissions from new passenger cars were slightly higher than in the previous year. For vans, the decreasing trend continued.