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Encouraging the EU to demonstrate leadership on climate change

Working together

Action at EU level is critical to achieving our climate change objectives. EU-level agreement is the best way of ensuring all EU Member States cut their emissions, and of enhancing our collective contribution to mitigating climate change.

The EU is also our best route to global influence. If countries within the EU are to have credibility in negotiations we need to engage as a group, not just as individual Member States. Read what the EU is doing about climate change.

In February 2013, the Secretary of State, Edward Davey, initiated the Green Growth Group (GGG). The GGG is a like-minded group of EU Energy and Climate Ministers brought together to make the economic and strategic case for EU climate ambition. The GGG now includes 13 Member States, including France and Germany that meet regularly at Ministerial and official level. The group reaches out to businesses and has set up a wider Green Growth Platform of businesses and experts.

Climate Change Ambition

The European Council has agreed that the EU should reduce its emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels as part of similar efforts by developed countries as a group.

In 2007, EU leaders agreed a set of climate and energy targets to be met by 2020.These are:

  • 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels;
  • 20% of EU energy consumed to come from renewable sources and;
  • 20% reduction in primary energy use compared with projected levels, through improving energy efficiency  

EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

On the 24 October 2014 , European Leaders agreed to a clear set of climate and energy targets for 2030 in European Council. These are:

  • an at least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990;
  • a share of at least 27% for renewable energy consumed at EU-level in2030, which will not be binding on individual Member States
  • an indicative target of at least 27% for improved energy efficiency at EU level in 2030

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