The Effort Sharing Decision post-2020: how to ensure that the EU’s largest climate instrument is fit for purpose

The European Commission will soon present new climate policy to reduce the emissions of the non-traded sectors after 2020. These sectors – including road transport, buildings and agriculture, amongst others – are currently covered by the EU’s Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), which regulates almost 60% of the GHG greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.


Hosted by:
Kathleen Van Brempt MEP (S&D), Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP (ALDE) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP)
Why is this important? What is at stake?
The current ESD framework obliges Member States to decrease emissions from the non-traded sectors by 10% by 2020. Analysis show that these targets will be met without major efforts, proving that there’s room for further ambition in these sectors. However, by 2030, Member States will need to reduce their emissions from road transport, agriculture, waste and buildings by 30%.
The new climate proposal will set the ground for measures and flexibilities that will help EU Member States in achieving this 30% target; however, the introduction of loopholes can undermine the effectiveness of the ESD and decrease real GHG savings. How will the sectors be affected? How should the ESD look like to deliver what was promised in the Paris Agreement?
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 13:00 to 14:30


European Parliament
Room ASP 3G3
1047 Brussels