Climate change – perhaps the greatest challenge of our time – is now having an impact all over the world: from melting ice and rising seas, to extreme weather, species extinction and changes to forests, coastlines and other ecosystems. Not only does this put people and wildlife at risk, it also comes at a significant cost to our economies. This is why tackling climate change is a priority for the European Parliament.
Tackling climate change is one of the EU's priorities for this year.
The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, improving energy efficiency by 20% and increasing the share of renewable energy sources to 20% of final consumption. Further ambitious targets have been fixed for 2030, including a reduction by at least 40% compared to 1990 levels.
In February 2017 MEPs voted in favour of reforming the EU's emissions trading system to increase incentives for innovation in new sustainable technologies.
The scheme is one of the most important instruments to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius - as agreed at the Paris climate conference in December 2015 - and to ensure that the EU will fulfil its ambitious climate targets.
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