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Environment Council, 19/06/2017 - Main results

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op dinsdag 20 juni 2017, 1:10.

Paris Agreement

The Council discussed in public session the latest developments in the field of international climate change. Environment ministers expressed their views on the unilateral decision of the US administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and welcomed unanimously the conclusions adopted on this matter at the Foreign Affairs Council the same day.

Ministers were united in reconfirming their steadfast commitment to the swift and full implementation of this global legally-binding agreement. The fight against climate change requires responsible global leadership and the EU and its member states are ready to assume that role. The European Council will also discuss this topic during the meeting scheduled this week on 22 and 23 June 2017.

"There can be no second thoughts when it comes to action against climate change. Our future needs a clean and sustainable planet. My colleagues and I have today echoed the views of our foreign ministers in reaffirming that the Paris Agreement is fit for purpose and cannot be renegotiated. The EU and its member states are working hard to prepare the COP 23 conference in Bonn this November; and we are now in the process of fully implementing the Paris Agreement. We call on all global partners to do the same."

Dr Jose A. Herrera, Minister for sustainable development, environment and climate change of Malta

The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This target was submitted in March 2015 as the intended nationally determined contribution of the EU and its member states to the Paris Agreement. To reach the target, the reduction will amount to 43% in sectors covered by the emissions trading scheme (ETS sectors) and 30% in non-ETS sectors, in both cases by 2030 compared to 2005. The EU is currently working to put the appropriate new legislation in place.

Climate Change: the Council reaffirms that the Paris Agreement is fit for purpose and cannot be renegotiated

Timeline - Paris Agreement

Infographic - Climate change: how will the EU deliver?

Non-ETS sectors: effort-sharing and LULUCF

The Council held a debate on the two legislative proposals to cut emissions in sectors not covered by the emissions trading scheme: the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

Ministers assessed progress so far and shared their views on the key outstanding issues of the proposals, focussing on the addition of a new safety reserve in the effort-sharing regulation and setting forest reference levels in the LULUCF regulation.

Delegations provided valuable political guidance on the way forward on these two aspects. On this basis, further work will continue in the Council with a view to agreeing a negotiating position before the end of the year.

"We have made significant progress during the Maltese presidency on the non-ETS files. I believe we are not so far from reaching an agreement, but we need some more efforts from member states. Now, more than ever, it is important to focus on the EU 2030 emissions reduction target. Delivering on our shared commitment is our joint responsibility. I am confident that a compromise can be reached during the Estonian presidency".

Dr Jose A. Herrera, Minister for sustainable development, environment and climate change of Malta

Non-ETS sectors are part of the EU's main tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to deliver on the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Non-ETS sectors - Progress report

EU action plan for nature, people and the economy

The Council adopted conclusions on the EU action plan for nature, people and the economy. The plan will improve the implementation of the nature directives so that they deliver their full potential.

Ministers expressed support for the EU action plan, which aims to address several identified implementation gaps through four priority areas and 15 concrete actions.

These conclusions signal the EU's strong commitment to protecting species and natural habitats and to making progress towards the EU 2020 goal of halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Council conclusions on EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy

Meeting information

Meeting n°3550

Luxembourg

19/06/2017

Preparatory documents

Indicative programme - Environment Council meeting of 19 June 2017

List of A items, non-legislative activities, Environment Council, 19 June 2017

Provisional agenda, Environment Council, 19 June 2017

Background brief

Outcome documents

Outcome of Council meeting

List of participants

Press releases

Council conclusions on the EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy

19/06/2017, 17:00

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