Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning, Policy Support>Institutional creation
Policy Target:Transport>Transport systems>Modal shift, Buildings>Building Code>Energy performance, Buildings>Existing buildings, Residential Appliances>Space heating, Buildings>Building Type>Residential, Transport>Fuel, Transport>Vehicle type>Heavy-duty vehicles, Transport>Vehicle type, Transport>Vehicle type>Light-duty vehicles, Transport>Vehicle type>Passenger vehicles, Transport>Vehicle type>Public transport
Agency:Ministry of Environment

The CO2 Reduction Action Plan was presented on 3 May 2006 by the Minister of Environment, introducing multi-sectoral measures targeting emissions reductions.

The Plan includes the following sectors and measures:


  • Increasing vehicle fuel excise tax;
  • Reforming vehicle taxation to encourage low-carbon vehicles;
  • Increasing the use of public transportation;


  • Reforming building code regulations concerning thermal insulation;
  • Introducing financial support and incentives for use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency focusing on refurbishing already existing buildings;
  • Orienting urban planning decisions to account for emissions reductions

Renewable energy:

  • Financial incentives for electricity production from renewable energy sources supporting use of cogeneration and biomass;
  • Introducing biofuel into natural gas networks;
  • Supporting R&D;

Industry and electricity production:

  • Elaborating a National Allocation Plan for emissions, for the second commitment period of the EU Emissions trading scheme;
  • Renewing voluntary agreements;
  • Improving energy efficiency in industry;

Education and information:

  • creating a centralised body for information dissemination, training, and consultation;
  • launching an information campaign (You control climate change);
  • elaborating a best practice guide;
  • awareness raising of climate change issues in primary and secondary schools;


The measures elaborated in the Plan are to be tracked and progress measured regularly, while the plan is to evolve as necessary. Implementation and monitoring of the Plan is to be done through a taskforce, supervised by the Ministry of Environment, but which brings together various Ministries (Agriculture, Finance, Housing, Interior, Transport and Public Services).


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