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Proposals for Reforming the EU Effort Sharing Decision

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Proposals for Reforming the EU Effort Sharing Decision

A new report by the Ecologic Institute makes concrete proposals for reforming the EU Effort Sharing Decision (ESD). A reduction target for 2050 as well as a robust review and target adjustment mechanism are highlighted as the main reform proposals. The report also touches on proposals for enhancing the flexibility of the ESD. The report is available for download.

With the European Council's conclusions of October 2014, the debate on the reform of the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) has begun. The adoption of the Paris Agreement (PA) set a new and critical benchmark for ESD reform. The European Commission is expected to present a legislative proposal for a new Effort Sharing Decision in the summer of 2016.


Citation

Meyer-Ohlendorf, Nils; Ralph Bodle; Matthias Duwe et. al. 2016: Proposals for Reforming the EU Effort Sharing Decision. Berlin.

Language
English
Year
2016
Dimension
54 pp.
Project ID
2111
Table of Contents

1. List of Abbreviations
2. Summary
3. Introduction
4. Criteria for reforming the ESD
5. Reforming Article 1(Subject Matter)
5.1. New Article 1, paragraph 2 (long term commitment)
6. Reforming Article 2 (Definitions)
7. Reforming Article 3 ESD (Emission levels)
7.1. Article 3.1 (national reduction targets)
7.2. Article 3.2, subparagraph 1 (linear reduction trajectory)
7.3. Article 3.2, subparagraph 2 (linear trajectory for Member States with a positive limit)
7.4. Article 3.2, subparagraph 3 (annual and linear reductions)
7.5. Article 3.2, subparagraph 4 (determination of AEAs)
7.6. Article 3.2, subparagraph 5 (delegated acts)
7.7. New Article 3.3 (unilateral target adjustment)
8. Introducing a new Article 4: Flexibility Instruments (integrating parts of the old Article 3 ESD)
8.1. Article 4.1, formerly Article 3 paragraph 3, subparagraph 1 (Borrowing)
8.2. Article 4.2, formerly Article 3 paragraph 3 subparagraph 2 (extreme weather)
8.3. Article 4.3, formerly Article 3 Paragraph 4 (Transfer of AEA between Member States)
8.4. Optional: New Article 4.4 (AEA Auctioning)
8.5. New Article 4.5 (ETS one-off)
8.6. Article 4.6, formerly Article 4.5 (Surplus transfer)
8.7. Article 4.7, formerly Article 4.6 (transfer modalities)
9. Deleting Article 4 (Energy Efficiency)
10. Deleting Article 5 (international offsets and 24a credits)
11. New Article 5 (European Project Mechanism)
12. Reforming Article 6 (Reporting, evaluation of progress, amendments and review)
13. Reforming Article 7 (Corrective action)
13.1. Article 7.1 (abatement factor and corrective action plan)
13.2. Article 7.2 (assessing the corrective action plan)
14. Deleting Article 8 (adjustment of the ESD in light of an international agreement)
15. Deleting Article 9 (LULUCF)
16. Reforming Article 10 (Changes in the scope of Directive 2003/87/EC and application of Article
24a thereof)
17. Reforming Article 11 (Registries and Central Administrator)
18. Reforming Article 12 (Amendments to Regulation (EC) No 994/2008)
19. Reforming Article 13 (delegated acts)
20. Reforming Article 14 (Report, new: Review)
21. Article 15 (Entry into force)
22. Article 16 (Addressees)