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Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Limiting global climate change to 2 degrees Celsius - The way ahead for 2020 and beyond


The EU and its Member States have confirmed their target to limit the global average temperature increase to 2° Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels, the point beyond which the impact of climatic change is believed to increase dramatically.


The Commission suggests that the EU should adopt targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and believes that the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) needs to be strengthened. In order to limit emissions in the transport sector, the Commission asks the Council and Parliament to adopt, where necessary, proposals to include aviation in the EU ETS and to link taxes on tourism vehicles to their CO2 emissions. There are also plans to reduce CO2 emissions from cars to reach the target of 120 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g CO2/km). The Commission also stresses the need for consumers to do more, to cut the emissions produced by freight transport by road and maritime transport and to address biofuels.

Act: Communication COM/2007/0002 final
Date of adoption: 10 January 2007
Entry into Force: 12 January 2007
Period of Action: 12 January 2007 - 01 January 1970
Offiial Journal: -
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