At a Glance: European Green Deal

The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day. 

Infographic: Emissions from planes and ships: facts and figures

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OPP Meeting Summary: ECOFIN Council – Council Statement on the ECOFIN Work Plan on Climate Action (5 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Conclusions on energy taxation (5 December 2019)

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Stakeholder Report: The A-B-C of BCAs

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OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – National energy and climate plans (4 December 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Review of the EU’s climate policy in the light of the Union’s principle of proportionality

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OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – Commission’s energy policy priorities (4 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary : Energy Council – Smart Sector Integration (4 December 2019)

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Speech: President von der Leyen on the occasion of the COP25 in Madrid

Madrid, 2 December 2019

OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – External dimension of European competitiveness (28 November 2019)

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Data: ETS, ESD, LULUCF and aviation emission trends and projections, 1990-2035

Historic trends from 1990 to 2016 are represented in solid lines. The 2015–2016 trend for Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) emissions is approximated (preliminary estimates). Projections from 2015 until 2035 are represented in dashed lines.The scenario considered is “with existing measures” (WEM). Annual targets and ETS cap are represented as bullets.

OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Information on “Friends of Industry Ministerial meeting 2019” in Vienna and on the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) (28 November 2019)

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Press Release: Going climate-neutral: expert-group recommendations to help energy-intensive industries contribute to the EU’s 2050 target

Includes the report by the Commission: Masterplan for a Competitive Transformation of EU Energy-intensive Industries Enabling a Climate-neutral, Circular Economy by 2050.

Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts on how to transform the EU’s energy-intensive industries so they help reach EU-wide objectives for a circular and climate-neutral economy by 2050. These objectives were put forward in the Commission’s A Clean Planet for All strategy in November 2018.

Agenda: Innovation Fund Expert Group (main group) (18 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (21 – 22 November 2019)

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Event: Environmental Protection, Internal Market, Economic Instruments – Joining the Dots (Brussels, 5-6 December 2019)

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Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions: Well reported, but better insight needed into future reductions

The EU takes part in the global efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, aiming for a 20 % reduction of its emissions by 2020, a 40 % reduction by 2030 and an 80-95 % reduction by 2050.

The Commission is responsible for reviewing the data reported by Member States on the current and projected emissions and for proposing EU policies and measures to reach the reduction targets.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 & 22 November 2019)

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/… of … on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems, as regards to the amendment of Annexes I and II to the Agreement

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Adina-Ioana Valean, Commissioner-designate for Transport (14 November 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (19 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Why including buildings in the EU ETS is not the right tool to deliver energy-efficient homes

The European Commission is assessing whether to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. This paper points out several reasons why this would not be the best approach to deliver a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

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