December deadline for major EU climate package
August 27, 2007
The European commission is planning to adopt a major package of climate-related legislative proposals in early December, ENDS has learned. The package will include proposed burden-sharing targets to meet new EU greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy objectives for 2020.
The package will incorporate plans to introduce legally-binding cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from cars. The details of these proposals are still far from being resolved.
The package is scheduled to be published on 5 December, in the middle of the UN's annual climate change convention conference, to be held this year in Bali, Indonesia. The ministerial segment of the talks will begin on 9 December and will discuss the future of the Kyoto protocol.
The proposals on greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy promotion will set out how the commission thinks the "20 per cent by 2020" objective agreed for both goals by EU leaders in March should be broken down into individual member state targets. The plan to tie these two proposals together will please EU governments.
Some commission sources have reported worries that presenting the plan during Bali could jeopardise a united EU front at the talks by sparking arguments over the individual targets. But senior officials have justified their determination to stick to the date by arguing that the package will bolster EU climate leadership claims and prevent the gathering from becoming a forum for last-minute government lobbying over the burden-sharing formulae.