Air pollution and climate news
20 July 2016 : Non ETS sectors - Commission proposes effort-sharing decision for 2030 GHG emissions reduction target
The European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation establishing the effort-sharing requirements for reducing greehouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 amongst the 28 Member States for sectors not included in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) (transports, residential/commercial, agriculture, waste treatment, small industrial installations). This proposal aims to contribute to implementing the climate-energy targets set for 2030 by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014, of which the cornerstone is a global binding emission reduction target of at least 40% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels). This breaks down into:
• -43% (relative to 2005 levels) for ETS sectors (proposal for a directive revising the ETS Directive 2003/87/CE, presented by the Commission on 15 July 2015, currently under discussion) ;
• -30% (relative to 2005 levels) for non-ETS sectors.
The new proposal aims to implement the latter target. Individual national GHG emission reduction targets for non-ETS sectors for 2030 assigned to Member States range from 0% for Bulgaria to 40% for Luxembourg and Sweden. France has been assigned a target of -37%.
The Commission also presented a proposal for a regulation to integrate the land-use sector (LULUCF) into the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework and a communication setting out an EU Strategy for low emission mobility.
The legislative proposals wiill be sent to the Council and the Parliament for examination and adoption under the ordinary legislative procedure (formerly the co-décision procedure).
http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2016/EN/1-2016-482-EN-F1-1.PDF (effort-sharing proposal)
https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2016/EN/1-2016-500-EN-F1-1.PDF (LULUCF proposal)
https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2016/EN/1-2016-501-EN-F1-1.PDF (Low emission Mobility Strategy)
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/news/articles/news_2016072001_en.htm (all documents published).
5 July 2016: Non-road mobile machinery - the European Parliament backs the informal agreement on the proposed regulation
The European Parliament (EP), meeting in plenary, adopted the informal agreement on the compromise text concerning the proposed Regulation setting more stringent emission limit values for engines installed in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) and simplifying the existing complex EU legal framework for the sector, ie Directive 97/68/EC comprising 15 annexes and amended eight times since it was adopted in 1997. The informal deal was reached on 6 April 2016 between EP representatives and the Council under the Dutch Presidency, subsequently endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States (Coreper) and then adopted by the EP's Environment Committee on 26 April 2016. The future Regulation must now be formally adopted by the EU Council before being published in the EU Official Journal.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) published its annual EU pollutant emission inventory report under the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted under the aegis of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The new report, which covers the period 1990-2014, was submitted to the UNECE.
30 June 2016: Revision of the NEC Directive – informal agreement on a compromise text (Council and Parliament)
Representatives of the EU Council and the European Parliament (EP) reached an informal agreement on a compromise text, drafted by the Dutch Presidency, concerning the proposed directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain air pollutants (revision of Directive 2001/81/EC on National Emission Ceilings or NEC). This informal agreement was then confirmed by the Council via the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER). The compromise text will subsequently be put to the EP's Environment Committee for approval on 12 July 2016, then to the EP for a vote in plenary in autumn 2016 before being formally adopted by the Council. The Environment Council adopted its position ("general approach") on 16 December 2015. The European Parliament voted its position on the proposal on 28 October 2015.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'air n° 195 p.4 and n°199 p.5 (only available to CITEPA members).
The British Government adopted the 5th national carbon budget for the 2028-2032 period, amounting to 1 725 MtCO2e, which represents a 57% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to 1990 levels. The Government's decision is lower than the proposed budget of 1 765 Mt CO2e put forward on 26 November 2015 by its independent scientific advisory body the Climate Change Committee (CCC). This new budget aims to enable the UK to reach its 2050 GHG emissions reduction target of 80% set by the Climate Change Act of 26 November 2008 which also established the CCC and the principle of carbon budgets.
https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/the-fifth-carbon-budget-the-next-step-towards-a-low-carbon-economy/ (CCC's proposed budget)