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EU Climate Leaders 2017

EU Climate Leaders 2017

This climate leader board allows citizens to hold their governments accountable for the positions they take on the EU’s largest climate tool to implement the Paris Agreement.

Towards the Effort Sharing Regulation – a legislation to regulate the European CO2 reduction between 2021 and 2030 – Carbon Market Watch published a ranking of the climate leaders.

Sweden is committed to the most stringent law.

The European member states are negotiating the Effort Sharing Regulation, a European environment legislation which regulates the emission reduction in Europe for the period 2021 to 2030. This concerns the emissions not covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme EU ETS.

From the Carbon Market Watch report

‘(…) Covering 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, the law will set binding national emission reduction targets for the 2021-2030 period for sectors such as transport, buildings, agriculture and waste. In July 2016, the European Commission published the proposal for an Effort Sharing Regulation setting the basis for negotiations between EU ministers and Members of the European Parliament.

In the run up to the Environment Council in June when ministers discuss the EU’s largest climate tool, Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment analyzed country leaders positions in the negotiation process on the Effort Sharing Regulation and ranked them in the ‘EU Climate Leader Board’.

This climate leader board allows citizens to hold their governments accountable for the positions they take on the EU’s largest climate tool to implement the Paris Agreement. (…)’

EU climate leader board

EU climate leader board

Ranking the leaders

The European countries have been ranked on how much they are committed to get in line with the Regulation Effort Scissors Ring goals as agreed in Paris. The countries could earn points if they are committed to a higher ambition. The starting point taken for emission reduction, is important.

Carbon Market Watch: “At this moment, no country is committed to reduce the carbon-emissions enough. Sweden leads the ranking list (score: good), followed by Germany and France (score: moderate).

ETS surplus

‘(…) The Netherlands is 8th on the list as it is in favor of strengthening the starting point to avoid that countries are rewarded for underachieving. The country loses points or not yet wanting to limit the land use and ETS surplus loopholes. Additionally, it is currently not planning to go beyond its domestic 2030 target of 36% emission reductions nor has it set a long-term target.

Countries can use a total of 280 million credits from the land use and forestry sector in order to increase emissions in the ESR sectors. Under the Commission proposal, countries cannot use credits from existing forests (forest management).

Currently nine countries are allowed to use a total of 100 million surplus ETS allowances to meet their climate targets, which could lead to higher overall emissions up to 2030 given the high ETS surplus. (…)’


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