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A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050

EU – 2011

Communication from the Commission. "the European Commission is looking beyond the 2020 objectives and sets out a plan to meet the long-term target of reducing domestic emissions by 80 to 95% by mid-century as agreed by European Heads of State and governments. It shows how the sectors responsible for Europe's emissions - power generation, industry, transport, buildings and construction, as well as agriculture - can make the transition to a low-carbon economy over the coming decades."

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Communication from the Commission - Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe

EU – 2011

"The Resource Efficiency Roadmap provides a framework in which future actions can be designed and implemented coherently. It sets out a vision for the structural and technological change needed up to 2050, with milestones to be reached by 2020. These milestones illustrate what will be needed to put Europe on a path to resource efficient and sustainable growth. "

A resource-efficient Europe – Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy

EU – 2011

"The flagship initiative sets out a framework to help ensure that long-term strategies in areas such as energy, climate change, research and innovation, industry, transport, agriculture, fisheries and environment policy produce results on resource efficiency."

White Paper - Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action

EU – 2009

EU framework to reduce the EU’s vulnerability to the impact of climate change.


Energy efficiency: delivering the 20% target

EU Commission – 2008

Communication from the Commission. With aim of delivering the 20% target the Commission proposes to reinforce the key energy efficiency legislation on buildings and energy-using products.

Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

EU – 2009
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Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community

EU – 2003

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC.

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Directive 2009/29/EC

EU – 2009

Directive 2009/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 amending Directive 2003/87/EC so as to improve and extend the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the Community

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International climate policy post-Copenhagen: Acting now to reinvigorate global action on climate change

EU Commission – 2010

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Commitee of the Regions. "The international dimension has always been an essential part of the EU's ambitions on climate change. Europe's core goal is to keep the increase in temperature below 2ºC, to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, and this is only possible through a coordinated international effort. This is why the EU has always been a strong supporter of the UN process, and why Copenhagen fell well short of our ambitions."