Briefing 
 

Climate change: Parliament to push for faster EU action and energy independence 

MEPs will debate and vote on key EU draft laws to combat climate change by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to protect jobs and citizens.

On Wednesday, in two voting sessions at 12.30 and 17.00, following plenary debates on Tuesday, Parliament is set to adopt its position on eight proposals that are part of the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package”. This is the EU’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and have net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (climate neutrality) by 2050, in line with the European Climate Law. The texts approved will be Parliament’s mandate for negotiations with EU governments on the final laws.


The files are:

Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform including revision of the ETS as regards aviation and CORSIA

- Free allowances for industries phased out more quickly and citizens included later in ETS II

EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

- Broader scope and faster implementation in new carbon leakage instrument

Greenhouse gas emissions in other sectors (effort sharing)

- Stricter trajectory, more transparency and less flexibility for member states’ greenhouse gas emissions in other sectors

CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

- A pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles

Land use, land use change and forestry sector (LULUCF)

- New EU carbon sinks goal will de facto increase EU 2030 reduction target to 57%

Social Climate Fund

- A new fund to help those most affected by energy and mobility poverty cope with the increased costs of the energy transition.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Codes: 2021/0211(COD) 2021/0207(COD) 2021/0204(COD) 2021/0214(COD) 2021/0200(COD) 2021/0197(COD) 2021/0201(COD) 2021/0206(COD)

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

Debates: Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Votes: Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Press conference: Wednesday, 8 June, 14.30 , with Pascal CANFIN (Renew, FR), Chair of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee