EU Climate Change Policy—snapshot
Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado
EU Climate Change Policy—snapshot

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

  • EU Climate Change Policy—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Overview
  • International and EC/EU action
  • EU action
  • ECCP I
  • Developments
  • Further EU action on climate change

Title EU Climate Change Policy
Entry into Force n/a
Transposition Deadline n/a
Amendments n/a
Related legislation in England and Wales n/a
Subject Climate change—Climate targets; Sources of environmental law—EU environmental law

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.


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