2020 EU Climate and Energy Package—snapshot
Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado
2020 EU Climate and Energy Package—snapshot

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Overview
  • The 2020 strategy
  • Key pieces of legislation
  • Benefits of the 2020 strategy
  • The 2020 strategy in the UK
  • UK Government and Climate Change
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Scotland
  • More...

Title2020 Climate and Energy Package
Entry into Forcen/a
Transposition Deadlinen/a
Related legislation in England and Walesn/a
SubjectEU Environmental Law—Climate targets; Climate change—Climate targets

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law, and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.


The 2020 climate and energy package sets three key targets for the year 2020

  1. 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels, with an objective of a 30% reduction by 2020 subject to the conclusion of a comprehensive international climate change agreement

  2. 20% of EU energy from renewables

  3. 20% improvement in energy efficiency

During the European Council meeting of March 2007 EU leaders agreed to set precise, legally binding targets to tackle climate change, to face up to the challenge of secure, sustainable and competitive energy and to make the EU economy a model for sustainable development in the 21st century. Europe showed itself ready to provide global leadership, it was a symbol of its determination.

The best way to reach such ambitious goals was for every Member State to know what was expected,

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