Environment & climate action

Two Directorates General within the European Commission tackle together environmental and climate protection policies: DG Environment and the recently created DG Climate Action.

Among the main environmental and climate policy matters which EHI follows and acts upon when the case are listed below.

Sustainable consumption and production

On 16 July 2008 the European Commission presented the “Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP/SIP) Action Plan”. The plan includes a series of proposals meant to contribute to improving the environmental performance of products and increase the demand for more sustainable goods and production technologies. It also seeks to encourage EU industry to take advantage of opportunities to innovate.

Legislative initiatives such as ecodesign, ecolabel scheme or green public procurement are closely related to the overall framework of the sustainable consumption and production principle.

EU climate change package

In 2000, the EU launched the European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) in 2000, which has led to the adoption of a wide range of new policies and measures, including the Emissions Trading System. Furthermore, in January 2008 the European Commission proposed binding legislation to implement the 20-20-20 targets. This ‘climate and energy package’ was agreed by the European Parliament and Council in December 2008 and became law in June 2009.

 

Related news items:

7 October 2011: European Environment Agency: EU GHG emissions up 2.4% in 2010