An ambitious climate policy is integral to creating the Energy Union. Actions include the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), strong but fair national targets for sectors outside the ETS to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a roadmap towards low-emission mobility and an energy policy which makes the EU world leader in renewables. The EU is committed to a quick ratification of the Paris Agreement, an ambitious new global climate change agreement approved in Paris in December 2015.

  • COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, Paris

    COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, Paris

    The EU played a key role in brokering a historic agreement at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, where 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The ambitious and balanced agreement, the first major multilateral deal of the 21st century, sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The deal is the culmination of years of efforts by the international community to bring about a universal multilateral agreement on climate change. The global transition to low emissions can be achieved without compromising growth and jobs, and can provide significant opportunities to revitalise economies in Europe and globally. Action to tackle climate change also brings significant benefits in terms of public well-being. In June 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement, which comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries signed the landmark agreement at a ceremony in New York. The EU's ratification triggered the entry into force of the Paris Agreement within less than one year.

  • A European Emissions Trading System fit for the future

    A European Emissions Trading System fit for the future

    The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) is Europe's flagship tool for tackling climate change, getting the EU on track towards a low-carbon economy and towards achieving the EU's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically by 2030. The European Commission presented in July 2015 a legislative proposal to revise the EU ETS for the period after 2020.

  • Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy

    Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy

    In July 2016, the Commission presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe, which will help Member States prepare for the future and keep Europe competitive. The proposals present binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States from 2021-2030 for the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste and land use and forestry sectors. These national targets contribute to the overall EU target. The Commission also presented a low carbon mobility strategy.