On 18-19 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Berlin to participate in the 9th 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.
The European Commission is hosting a high-level conference in Brussels (13 June) on the EU's contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue, a global process to take stock of the efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action.
During EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the 2016 and 2017 LIFE Awards. The nine winners include projects from Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. A special people's Choice Award, in line with this year's Green Week focus on sustainable cities, was given to a LIFE green city project, exploring solutions to reduce air pollution in cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.