Ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP25) to be held in Santiago de Chile on 2-13 December 2019, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will take part in a ministerial dialogue on climate change known as 'pre-COP' in Costa Rica on 8-10 October.
At the UN Secretary General Climate Summit on 23 September, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Gabon’s Minister of Forest, Seas, Environment, in charge of Climate Plan, Professor Lee White, joined forces to strengthen and accelerate and scale adaptation to climate change in Africa.
EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua welcomed the successful outcome of the UN Climate Action Summit and thanked UN Secretary-General António Guterres for his outstanding commitment to ambitious global climate action.
The European Commission today adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 23 September, the Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness. The EU has put concrete actions behind its Paris Agreement commitments, in line with the Juncker Commission priority of establishing an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
Today the Commission has adopted a delegated regulation amending the ETS Auctioning Regulation to ensure continued successful auctions in phase 4 (2021-2030) of the EU ETS.
The Commission decided to reinvest unspent funds from the NER300 programme to support low-carbon innovation projects under InnovFin Energy Demo Projects (EDP), an EU financial instrument managed by the European Investment Bank. The first three projects are now benefiting from support of some €73 million.
On 30 June 2019, the European Commission published for the first time information on the CO2 emitted by ships over 5000 gross tonnage when performing maritime transport activities related to the European Economic Area (EEA).
The Bonn climate conference, the first technical meeting since the adoption of the Katowice rulebook, concluded yesterday after two weeks of negotiations. The session focused on the remaining rules and procedures for the effective functioning of the Paris Agreement, in particular for international carbon markets.
On 28 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua are convening a major international climate meeting in Brussels.
The average CO2 emissions of new light-duty vehicles registered in the EU and Iceland in 2018 stayed well below the applicable targets, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency. However, average CO2 emissions of both new passenger cars and new vans were higher in 2018 than in 2017. Manufacturers will have to significantly reduce emissions of their fleet to meet the upcoming 2020 and 2021 targets.