EU Environment and Climate Change Policies, The Challenges for the next 5 year

The Study, produced on request of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), addresses the state of play and the current and future challenges of these policies


The new study "EU Environment and Climate Change Policies" has been published by the European Parliament to review the state of play of on-going EU environmental and climate legislation and pinpoints key challenges for the next five years. Challenges arise from the plans released by the president-elect, such as a new European Green Deal, the completion of work started in the previous term (e.g. the Regulation on a framework for sustainable finance and the completion of the multiannual finance framework), by reviews of legislation foreseen for the next term and the need for action where indicators show that current EU environment targets may not be achieved.


The study has a greater significance in the view of the Hearings of Commissioners-Designate. In fact, the study addresses the challenges arising from the plans released by President-elect von der Leyen, such as the  European Green Deal, a New Circular Economy Action Plan focusing on sustainable resource use, especially in resource-intensive and high-impact sectors such as textiles and construction, a Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, or more ambitious targets on GHG emission reduction.


The study addresses also those areas in which legislative work from the previous legislative period still needs to be completed (e.g. the Regulation on a framework for Sustainable Finance and the completion of the Multiannual Finance Framework) and those areas where fitness checks or reviews of legislation are foreseen, such as Directives on Energy Taxation, Water Treatment or the Regulations on CO2 emission performance by vehicles.

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