Dear President Juncker, This week you and your colleagues will make a final decision on a flagship climate instrument that tackles emissions from transport, building, agriculture and waste. Covering 60 per cent of the EU’s emissions, getting this instrument right is crucial to keep temperature rises well below 2 °C, and striving for 1.5°C. This is the first […]
Submissions on Policy Issues to European Union
Open letter to Members of the Development Committee of the European Parliament on the revision of the EU ETS
Dear Members of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, We, the undersigned, representing 60 networks and organizations from 23 countries, call on you to adopt an ambitious opinion on the revision of the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS), that will reflect the importance of taking into account the perspective of most vulnerable countries to […]
Brussels Dear Vice President and Commissioners, Talks in Montreal last month to prepare the draft Assembly Resolution for ICAO’s Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) for emissions from international aviation have potentially moved us even further away from an effective environmental measure. We, the European NGOs observing the ICAO process, call on European member states, their […]
Brussels Dear Ministers, Talks in Montreal last month to prepare the draft Assembly Resolution for ICAO’s Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) for emissions from international aviation have potentially moved us even further away from an effective environmental measure. We, the European NGOs observing the ICAO process, call on European member states, their ICAO Council representatives […]
Consultation to the EU Commission: How to reconcile the Global Market Based Mechanism with the EU Emissions Trading System
Following the Paris Agreement and considering the agreed long-term goal, what kind of effort should come from international aviation and how should this develop over time? The international CNG2020 goal should be legally binding and enforced from the start of the GMBM in 2021. In the future, the cap should then be progressively tightened and […]
Letter to ensure that the 2030 Effort Sharing Decision, the EU’s largest climate instrument, is fit for purpose
A global climate deal was adopted last December in Paris, in which all countries agreed to take action on climate change. The Paris agreement is unique as it represents a historically significant milestone that aims to pursue efforts to limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Consultation on streamlining of planning and reporting obligations as part of the Energy Union governance
What this consultation is about: The Commission’s State of the Energy Union presented on 18 November 2015 states that “[t]he Energy Union needs a reliable and transparent governance process, anchored in legislation, to make sure that energy related actions at European, regional, national and local level all contribute to the Energy Union’s objectives.” This corresponds to similar calls […]
Letter to Commissioner Arias Cañete in view of European Commission consultation on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)
Dear Commissioner Arias Cañete,
The European Commission has consulted stakeholders about the role the EU’s land and forests should play in its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. With this letter, the undersigned organisations are registering their views and state that Option 1 (LULUCF pillar), is their preferred option since it is the only one that could uphold the environmental and social integrity of the EU’s target. They call on the EU to have a clear position ahead of Paris on the need for two distinct global goals, one for LULUCF and another for other emissions, including non CO2 emissions from agriculture.
At the European Summit in October 2014, Heads of State agreed that, by 2030, the EU will domestically reduce its emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990. In the run up to the United Nations climate summit in Paris, the EU should continue to show leadership to tackle climate change by upholding the environmental integrity of the ‘at least 40 per cent’ target. We believe that unless the following points are addressed, the EU is at risk not only of backsliding on its ambition and harming its credibility in this crucial year for climate, but it could entail damaging impacts on biodiversity and local communities.