Brussels, 23 April 2009
The European Commission welcomes the formal adoption today of the climate and energy package and legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and transport fuels. The measures, agreed in December, put Europe firmly on the road towards becoming a low-carbon economy and will increase energy security. The package sets legally binding targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels and to increase the share of renewable energy to 20%, both by 2020. It will also help achieve the EU's objective of improving energy efficiency by 20% within the same timeframe. The package makes Europe the first region in the world to implement such far-reaching, legally binding climate and energy targets. It represents an important contribution to reaching an ambitious international climate agreement at the United Nations climate conference in December.
Commission President José Manuel Barroso said: "Today we have reached agreement on one of the top priorities of this Commission. The energy and climate change package represents the litmus test of Europe's ability to act for the benefit of its citizens. Coupled with yesterday's agreement on strengthening the EU internal energy market, we have taken an important step forward to increase energy efficiency and security, and strengthen Europe's position for a new international climate agreement later this year".
The package delivers on EU leaders' commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% of 1990 levels and to raise the share of energy consumption provided by renewable resources to 20%, both by 2020. It also contributes to the target of improving energy efficiency by 20%.
The package lays the basis for increasing the emissions reduction from 20% to 30% in the context of a satisfactory international climate agreement in which other developed and developing countries contribute their fair share to limiting global emissions. The international agreement is due to be concluded in December at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen.
The climate and energy package consists of four legislative texts:
The package is complemented by two further legislative acts that were agreed at the same time:
The six legislative acts will enter into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal, expected in May.
For further details of the package and the complementary legislation, see IP/08/1998 and Memos on:
EU ETS: MEMO/08/796
Carbon capture and storage: MEMO/08/798
CO2 from passenger cars: MEMO/08/799
Fuel Quality: MEMO/08/800
European Commission Climate Action page:
Legally binding targets for Member States to meet by 2020