Report on the EU and the Paris Climate Agreement: Taking stock of progress at Katowice COP

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Series Details (2018) 716, 26.10.2018
Publication Date 26/10/2018
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On 26 October 2018 the European Commission presented a climate action progress report ahead of the Katowice Climate Change Conference.

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In 2018, the EU adopted legislation that will enable it to deliver on its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% by 2030 as compared with 1990. It also raised the level of its ambition on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Together, if fully implemented, it is estimated to result in a cut in EU emissions of around 45% by 2030.

Under currently implemented policies, emissions in 2030 are projected to be 30% below the 1990 level (based on projections from the Member States, mostly from March 2017). In order to meet their obligations under the new legislation, Member States will therefore have to formulate policies and measures to reduce emissions further.

The EU remains on track to reach its 2020 target of reducing GHG emissions by 20% from 1990 levels. In 2017, EU GHG emissions were down by 22%, according to preliminary data (covering emissions from international aviation, but not emissions and removals from land use, landuse change and forestry). As Member States’ projections indicate that emissions will decrease further, the EU expects to meet its 2020 target.

This report is required under Article 21 of Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change. The report is accompanied by a staff working document presenting country fact sheets and other technical information.

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)453: Technical information accompanying the report

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