EU Climate Policy

13. Feb. 2013

The EU can and must be a climate leader

EU leaders have agreed to a binding target of a 20% reduction of carbon emissions levels by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The EU is already on its way to achieving its climate target. The Greens/EFA group thus pushes the EU to increase its own domestic climate ambition and set itself a binding target of at least 30% by 2020. Such a decision would foster the green economy, incite investment in renewable energy sources and create green jobs. By raising its emissions target the EU would also strongly encourage the rest of the world to take further climate action and give some momentum to international climate discussions.



04. Apr. 2013 blog

Green paper on 2030 targets: the Greens call for three ambitious binding targets

Tomorrow, the Commission will publish its new Green Paper on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework. The Greens/EFA group is pushing for three different climate and energy targets: a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (also known as 'Climate target'), an EU-wide renewables target and an EU-wide energy efficiency target.  

20. Mar. 2013 newsletter

Climate campaign newsletter: Issue 62 - March 2013

Europe's own Deepwater Horizon disaster? +++ EU ETS - the EU should think of the interests of its citizens and new future-oriented businesses +++ Obama promises to make climate one of his top priorities in his second mandate +++ Investments in green technologies and businesses much safer +++ China wants compulsory insurance for polluting industries  

19. Mar. 2013 blog

Earth Hour 2013: "from 2030"

This year, the European Parliament will once again participate to `Earth Hour`: It will turn off all its lights on Saturday 23rd March from 20.30 to 21.30 to raise awareness about the importance of energy saving. The Greens welcome the move, but want to challenge the institution to go beyond the event to really ensure that Europe does reduce its energy consumption, not only for an hour but also all year long and for good!  

26. Feb. 2013 blog

EU ETS / aviation: the EU must be more ambitious

Today, the Environment committee in the European Parliament will vote on the Commission`s proposal to “stop the clock” on aviation in the ETS. The Greens regret that the EU yield to the pressure, which will undermine the efforts by other sectors to reduce their emissions...