The Council discussed the preparations for the UN climate change conference that will take place in Paris in December. The aim of the conference is to adopt an ambitious, legally binding global agreement to be implemented from 2020.
As part of these preparations, the Council adopted the submission on the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of the EU and its member states.
The submission confirms that the EU and its member states are committed to a binding target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, to be fulfilled jointly, as set out in the conclusions of the European Council of October 2014.
The submission was sent today to the UNFCCC Secretariat to be published on its website.
The Latvian minister for Environmental Protection, Kaspars Gerhards, stressed that "a focused and all-encompassing climate diplomacy will be needed this year in order to build the necessary alliances for an ambitious agreement in Paris."
The Council addressed climate change issues of the Energy Union, focusing on decarbonisation of the economy.