Binding targets for annual greenhouse gas emissions

The course is set for Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy

Binding targets for annual greenhouse gas emissions

On July 21, the Commission proposed binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States from 2021-2030. The College also held an orientation debate on China and decided to maintain its proposal for a revision of the posting of workers directive. The Commission delivers on its commitment to move towards a modern and competitive low-carbon economy. The new framework is based on the principles of fairness, solidarity, cost-effectiveness and environmental integrity. All Member States are concerned, as they will be in the forefront in deciding how to implement the measures to meet the agreed 2030 target.

The Commission also presented a strategy on low-emission mobility setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.

Today’s package is part of the Energy Union and a forward-looking Climate Change policy, one of the key priorities of the Juncker-Commission. Together with last year’s proposal for the revision of the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), this legislative package will steer Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy and respond to the commitments made by the European Union countries under the Paris Agreement on climate change.