Climate: emission reductions
Ministers discussed the review of the emission trading system (ETS) and took stock of the progress so far on this file. Based on this progress the Council will continue the work to establish its negotiating position.
There have been lengthy preparations for this Council which we had hoped would agree on a general approach on the revision of this important instrument. Despite considerable efforts, that has not proved possible due to the lack of political will, and it will now be for the Maltese Presidency, building on the significant progress we have achieved over the last six months, to take this dossier forward.László Sólymos, Slovak Minister for Environment and president of the Council
ETS is one of the main EU's tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to deliver on the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement.
The Council also looked at the state of play of two legislative proposals to cut emissions in sectors not covered by the ETS: the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).