In July 2016, the European Commission published its legislative proposal for emission reductions in the sectors transport, agriculture, buildings, small industry and waste for 2021-2030, the so called Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR).

These sectors represent 60% of the emissions in the EU. The proposal sets an EU wide target of reducing emissions in these sectors by 30% by 2030 (compared to 2005 emissions), but this is way too weak of a target. In addition, the Commission set a too high starting point for when to start counting emission reductions, and included loopholes which would allow countries to use accounting tricks to reach their targets on paper without taking real action.

Briefing What the Environment Council needs to do about the ESR