On 2 March 2016, the European Commission presented an assessment of the implications for the European Union of the new global climate agreement adopted in Paris in December 2015. The assessment looks at the next steps in the process of implementing the Paris Agreement in the EU. It is also accompanied by a proposal for the EU to sign the Agreement.
EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "We have the deal. Now we need to make it real. For the EU, this means completing the 2030 climate and energy legislation without delay, signing and ratifying the Agreement as soon as possible, and continuing our leadership in the global transition to a low-carbon future. Through our climate diplomacy, the EU will push to keep climate change at the top of the international political agenda. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but as we did in Paris, we will persevere and succeed."
The immediate next steps are the signature and ratification of the Paris Agreement. The Agreement will open for signatures on 22 April 2016 in New York, and enter into force when at least 55 Parties representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified.
In the next 12 months, EC will present the key remaining legislative proposals to implement the 2030 framework. This includes proposals for an Effort-Sharing Decision for sectors not covered by the EU Emission Trading Scheme and on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), legislation to set up a reliable and transparent climate and energy governance mechanism for the post-2020 period, and the necessary policy proposals to adapt the EU's regulatory framework in order to put energy efficiency first and to foster EU's role as a world leader in the field of renewable energy.
For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-502_en.htm