Questions & Answers

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on potential changes to the Effort Sharing Regulation or ESR, which sets national climate targets and regulates 60% of EU emissions, including those from road transport, buildings and agriculture. The consultation contains some general questions and then fifteen ‘expert’ questions. Our recommended answers to the first three general questions are below.

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If you would instead like to complete the full public consultation yourself, including the ‘expert’ questions, then you can find a link to the Commission’s website here.

 

1.- In your opinion, when it comes to revising the Effort Sharing Regulation in view of the Commission’s proposal for an increased 2030 climate ambition, should sectors regulated by this Regulation deliver additional reductions; i.e. should the EU-wide target for the effort sharing sectors be increased?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t have an answer

Please elaborate on your reply (if possible)

To stop runaway climate change, dramatic cuts in emissions in all sectors are needed urgently. These will not be achieved simply through carbon pricing and we need targets at national level to ensure effective measures in the sectors included in the ESR. The increased 2030 target at EU level should be reflected in an increase in the national targets and thus in the EU wide ESR target.

2.- In your opinion, when it comes to revising the Effort Sharing Regulation in view of the Commission’s proposal for an increased 2030 climate ambition, should all Member States step-up their efforts and consequently pursue more ambitious targets?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t have an answer

Please elaborate on your reply (if possible)

The EU and the EU Member States signed up to the Paris agreement and committed to pursuing efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. This commitment and the EU goal of climate neutrality will only be reached if all Member States step up efforts to reduce emissions in all sectors, including those covered by the ESR. The trajectory for all member states should be crystal clear and based on strengthening the 2030 national ESR targets in a fair way between Member States.

3.- In your opinion, when it comes to revising the Effort Sharing Regulation in view of the Commission’s proposal for an increased 2030 climate ambition and an extended Emission Trading System, what is your opinion on the treatment of these sectors under the Effort Sharing Regulation?

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Sectors covered in the future by the extended EU ETS should also remain under the Effort Sharing Regulation.
Sectors covered in the future by an extended EU ETS should not remain under the scope of the Effort Sharing Regulation.
My view depends on the sector(s) under consideration (please explain in the text box).

Please elaborate on your reply (if possible)

Sectors like road transport and buildings are intimately connected with our daily lives. I want my national government to discuss with my fellow citizens and me how best to cut emissions in these sectors.

I don’t want my government to rely only on a European pricing mechanism to do this, but instead to develop and strengthen all effective measures at European and national level that make technological alternatives available and attractive. Governments should incentivise changes in behaviour by companies and consumers. Keeping road transport and building sectors under the Effort Sharing Regulation drives the changes required, by making each government accountable for delivering on its climate commitments.

In addition, relying on a European pricing mechanism, which would have relatively higher impacts on low income consumers, could easily undermine support amongst EU citizens for EU climate policy.