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Energy Seminar: Artur Runge-Metzger​, The European Union's Climate and Energy Policy

April 10, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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Artur Runge-Metzger​, Head of Unit Climate Strategy, International Negotiation and Monitoring of EU Action, DG Environment, European Commission

The EU's domestic climate and energy policy practically started with the pilot phase of the EU's emissions trading system (ETS) on January 1, 2005. Current emission reduction targets are set until 2020 aiming to achieve a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990. Since 2005, the design of the ETS covering about 45 % of the EU's emissions has evolved quite significantly. Sectors outside the ETS (buildings, ground transport, waste and agriculture) are regulated through the Effort Sharing Decision. It allocates emission reduction effort to the EU's 28 Member States. In addition, further climate-relevant legislation tackles energy efficiency, renewables, car emission standards, phasing down of fluorinated gases, waste management and air quality. Finally, carbon dioxide emissions from land use, land use change and forestry are currently governed under the Kyoto Protocol. As yet, the EU has accomplished its emission reduction targets while growing its economy since 1990. For the recently agreed Paris Agreement the EU offered to reduce its emissions domestically by at least 40 % by 2030 compared to 1990. The Paris Agreement also presents a number of new challenges for EU policy makers in the coming years. In this context, over the past 18 months the European Commission has presented a raft of legislative proposals revisiting the entire suite of energy and climate legislation and making them fit for reaching the 2030 targets. Inter-institutional negotiations are on-going between Member States represented in the European Council and the European Parliament.

Suggested readings

New legislative proposals 2021-2030

Emissions trading:

Effort sharing:

Land use, land use change and forestry:

Clean energy transition:

2020 EU climate and energy package:

2030 EU climate and energy policy framework:

EU Energy Union and climate: