Deal reached on EU climate targets after protracted negotiations - Gerbrandy
The European Parliament and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, today concluded a preliminary deal on legally binding 2030 climate targets and carbon emission budgets for EU Member States. The agreed "Climate Action Regulation" (earlier called "Effort Sharing Regulation") sets binding national targets for sectors not covered by the EU carbon market - i.e. agriculture, transport, buildings and waste, which together account for about 60 percent of the EU’s carbon emissions.
Negotiations held last week Wednesday in Strasbourg failed to reach a deal, but after additional negotiations this week, lawmakers reached an agreement this afternoon. Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy is the MEP steering the legislation through the European Parliament as Rapporteur, and represents the Parliament in negotiations with the Estonian EU Presidency.
Reacting this afternoon, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP said:
"This was a difficult negotiation, with many Member States doing their utmost to keep their climate actions to the minimum, instead of embracing green growth and climate ambition."
"But we have reached a deal that turns the EU's commitments under the Paris agreement into concrete targets and actions. Importantly, the regulation is stronger than the original Commission proposal and will facilitate increased ambition over time."
Notes to Editors:
The Climate Action Regulation includes the following key elements:
- 30 percent emission cuts in 2030 compared to 2005 levels for the covered sectors (transport, agriculture, buildings, waste), broken down in specific targets for each EU member state.
- stricter emissions budgets for the period 2021-2030 for EU member states (the total emissions budget is about 120 million tonnes smaller compared to the original Commission proposal, i.e. the emissions of about 4 million cars).
- Member States can partly use forestry credits and ETS credits to meet their targets. But the use of ETS credits will not affect negatively the functioning of the Market Stability Reserve (which was recently strengtened by the review of the EU's carbon market legislation).
- A special safety reserve for lower-income Member States is established, recognising early actions of these Member States in the period 2013-2020. Government’s implementing early action can benefit from a pool of 105 million emission allocations.
- The preliminary deal will be sent to the Council and the European Parliament for formal approval.