Country:European Union
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Policy Support, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Environment

In January 2001 the European Commission adopted the 6th Environmental Action Programme [COM(2001)31] and submitted the proposed Programme to the European Parliament and Council. The programme sets out the major priorities and objectives for environment policy over the next five to ten years and details the measures to be taken. Tackling climate change is highlighted as one of four central objectives. The first priority is the ratification and implementation of the Kyoto Protocol to cut GHG emissions by 8% below 1990 figures by 2008-2012. Actions on climate change identified in the 6th EAP include: - The establishment of an EU-wide CO2 emissions trading scheme. - An inventory and review of energy subsidies in the member States, with consideration to their compatibility with climate change objectives. - Support to renewable energy sources through the new Directive and by ensuring adequate support in the liberalised energy market. - The use of market instruments, for example through the adoption of proposals for energy taxation. - The promotion of energy saving on both heating and cooling in buildings. - An environmental agreement with industry on energy-efficiency and specific emissions. - The identification of specific action to reduce GHG emissions from aviation, if no such action is agreed within the International Civil Aviation Organization by 2002. - Community policy for research and technological development.

This record is superseded by:Sixth Community Environment Action Programme
This record supersedes:Sixth Environmental Action Plan / Climate Change

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