12 Jul 2021, 08:05

What’s next in Europe? – Timeline of European climate and energy policy

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Journalists! Mark your calendars – or rather let us do it for you. Europe is complicated and even journalists from EU member states sometimes struggle to understand how climate and energy policy is made, and when institutions take key decisions. This timeline flags key European energy and climate reporting events and developments and includes concise background information necessary to jump-start your coverage.

You can find more information on European climate and energy events and developments in the European Parliament’s European Green Deal legislative train schedule, in the event calendar of the German Council presidency, and in the Council’s press calendar.

Source: E3G

Climate and energy think tank E3G has published a timeline for the EU for 2021. You can find it for download here.

2021

 

Date Sometime in 2021 (tbc)
Event 6th  African Union-European Union Summit
Subject Every three years, the AU-EU summit brings together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. Due to COVID-19, the summit was postponed to 2021. By April 2021, the date was still undecided.
Press contact Barend Leyts, European Council

 

Date 11 July
Event G20 Venice Climate Summit
Subject

The Italian G20 presidency plans a climate summit.

Press contact  

 

Date 14 July
Event European Commission presents draft legislation to increase 2030 target: "Fit for 55 Package" & New EU forest strategy
Subject

Raising the 2030 climate target requires a set of actions across all sectors of the economy. Basically, all major energy and climate legislation will have to be amended and the Commission plans to present its proposals on 14 July. Pieces of legislation the Commission will review to implement this increased ambition include: the EU Emissions Trading System; the Effort Sharing Regulation; the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation; the Energy Efficiency Directive; the Renewable Energy Directive; and the CO2 Emissions Performance Standards for Cars and Vans Regulation, as well as the planned carbon border adjustment mechanism. Find more details here. The Commission also presents the new EU forest strategy.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date 6-15 July
Event UN high-level political forum on sustainable development
Subject

The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships in depth.

Press contact UN DESA

 

Date 3rd and 4th quarter 2021
Event European Commission presents proposals on sustainable and smart mobility
Subject

The Commission aims to present a proposal to revise the Directive on Intelligent Transport Systems, including a multimodal ticketing initiative and the Regulation on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), an EU 2021 Rail Corridor Initiative, and it wants to develop post-Euro 6/VI emission standards for cars, vans, lorries and buses.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date 4th quarter 2021
Event European Commission presents further draft legislation from "Fit for 55 Package"
Subject

Raising the 2030 climate target requires a set of actions across all sectors of the economy. Basically, all major energy and climate legislation will have to be amended and the Commission plans to present most of its proposals by June 2021. Some proposals, however, will be put forth in the fourth quarter: a revision of the energy performance of Buildings Directive, and a revision of the Third Energy Package for gas to regulate competitive decarbonised gas markets.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date 4th quarter 2021
Event European Commission presents draft legislation on circular economy
Subject

The European Commission is set to present legislation for its circular economy package. This includes a sustainable products policy initiative, including a revision of the Ecodesign Directive, and a proposal on circular electronics.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date 21 - 22 October
Event European Council
Subject

This is one of four regular meetings of EU heads of state and government as the European Council.

Press contact Barendt Leyts, European Council

 

Date 30-31 October
Event G20 summit in Rome, Italy
Subject

Right before COP26, co-organised by Italy, the G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will be held in Rome on October 30th and 31st 2021, with the participation of the G20 Heads of State and Government, of their counterparts from invited countries, and of the representatives of some of the main international and regional organizations. The Ministers of Economics and Finance traditionally also take part in the event. The Summit is the climax of the G20 process and the final stage, at Leaders’ level, of the intense work carried out within ministerial meetings, working groups and Engagement Groups throughout the year.

Press contact Govt Italy

 

Date 1- 12 November
Event UN climate change conference COP 26
Subject  Many see the 2021 United Nations climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow as the most important COP (Conference of the Parties) since 2015, when the landmark Paris Agreement was adopted. COP26 has been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, it will now take place after the ‘by 2020’ deadline for numerous components of the Paris Agreement, such as delivering updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs). COPs are usually attended by national ministers and heads of state.
Press contact UNFCCC

 

Date 16-17 December
Event European Council
Subject

This is one of four regular meetings of EU heads of state and government as the European Council.

Press contact Barendt Leyts, European Council
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