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.



09. May. 2012 blog

Climate discussions: no backtracking by the EU!

Early this week, informal discussions took place in Brussels with Members of the "coalition of ambition" ahead of UN talks in Bonn. The Greens insist that Europe give concrete expression to this new alliance with least developped countries and that it continues to lead the climate debate forward...  

14. Mar. 2012 blog

Climate roadmap: both our climate and the EU´s international reputation at stake

because of Poland, the EU environment council did not manage to reach a consensus on the climate roadmap last week. All eyes are now on the European Parliament...  

08. Mar. 2012 blog

Environment Ministers must ensure EU leadership continues

This Friday, the Environment Council will hold a series of discussions on important items, including the malfunctioning EU emissions trading scheme in which the low carbon price is seriously undermining green investments and emissions reductions.  

23. Feb. 2012 blog

Europe must keep tar sands out of its territory!

Today, the EU Members States will vote on a draft law to label fuel from tar sands as highly polluting. The Greens hope that the EU will remain firm in its target...