A study ranks the investment of the European Union countries to implement the Paris Agreement

An independent study states that only three countries in Europe push in the right direction to comply with the Paris climate agreement.
The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016. But even before its ratification, the European council adopted a proposal known as Effort Sharing Regulation in July 2016. It covers 60% of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, including HFCs, and sets national emission reduction targets for the 2021-2030 period. This proposal, currently discussed by EU member states, is describes in a recent study published by Transport & Environment and Carbon Market Watch as “the EU’s largest climate tool to implement the Paris Agreement".

This study, entitled EU Climate Leader Board, looks at the position of each European government towards the Effort Sharing Regulation. It considers five important elements of the European Commission proposal, and awards points for each country to evaluate their support to the Commission proposal in each categories. The following table synthesizes the elements considered to evaluate the different countries.

From these elements, the results of the study showed that “only three countries in Europe push in the right direction to deliver on the Paris climate agreement”. Among them, Sweden scores the highest with 67 points because “it advocates for closing certain loopholes in the law and is planning to achieve much higher domestic emission reductions than its 40% target proposed by the Commmission”, according to the study.

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About the authors of the study:
Transport & Environment, also known as the European Federation for Transport and Environment, is a European federation supported by 50 not-for-profit national organisations working in the field of transport and environment.

Carbon Market Watch is the continuation of CDM Watch (CDM standing for Clean Development Mechanism), which was an initiative of several international non-governmental organisations to “provide an independent perspective on individual CDM projects and to critically assess the political decision-making process affecting wider carbon market development”1. Carbon Market Watch expands its work to other market initiative such as emissions trading or mechanisms to reduce emissions from degradation and deforestation.

1    http://troublechute.com/cdw1119/fr/about/ (in French)