The European Union has played a key role in brokering today's historic agreement in Paris, where 195 countries adopted a new universal, legally binding global climate deal.
Fluorinated gases (F-gases) have been introduced as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in many sectors, but they contribute significantly to climate change. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has today published a new report on their production, import and export, which contributes to tracking progress towards their phase-down.
The annual climate conference, known as the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will take place in Paris, France. The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties and the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 30 November to 11 December.
The European Commission presented its position and objectives ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris on 30 November – 11 December.
The European Commission welcomes the commitment of the European Union to scaling up public funding for climate financing in the years ahead, as confirmed by the Ministers of the EU Member States meeting in the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).
EU Commissioner Neven Mimica launched the new phase of the Global Climate Change Alliance partnership between the EU and the most vulnerable developing countries to fight climate change.
Joint press release: European Commission - European Environment Agency on the "Trends and projections in Europe 2015" report
The mid-term review of EU biodiversity strategy shows progress in many areas, but highlights the need for greater effort by Member States on implementation to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.
A total of 146 countries, representing almost 87 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have submitted their intended national climate action plans to the United Nations.