EU Climate Change Policy—snapshot
Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd
EU Climate Change Policy—snapshot

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • EU Climate Change Policy—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Overview
  • International and EC/EU action
  • The Convention
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • The Paris Agreement
  • EU action
  • ECCP I
  • ECCP II
  • More...

TitleEU Climate Change Policy
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SubjectClimate change—Climate targets; Sources of environmental law—EU environmental law

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Overview

Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth's temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down rainforests and farming livestock. All of this adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Some gases in the earth's atmosphere act a bit like the glass in a greenhouse, trapping the sun's heat and stopping it from leaking back into space. Many of these gases occur naturally but human activity is increasing the concentrations of some of them in the atmosphere, in particular:

  1. carbon dioxide (CO2)

  2. methane

  3. nitrous oxide

  4. fluorinated gases

CO2 is the greenhouse gas most commonly produced by human activities and

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