In March 2007 EU Heads of State and Government endorsed an integrated climate change and energy strategy put forward by the European Commission which outlines the EUu0092s proposals for a global and comprehensive agreement to combat climate change after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol targets will expire.
The Commissionu0092s analysis shows that for the world to have a fair chance of keeping the average temperature rise to no more than 2ºC, global emissions of greenhouse gases will have to be stabilised by around 2020 and then reduced by up to 50% of 1990 levels by 2050. This ambitious goal is both technically feasible and economically affordable if major emitters act urgently. The benefits of doing so will far outweigh the limited economic costs. Climate change is a global challenge that can be addressed effectively only through a global effort. This brochure presents and explains the EUu0092s proposals for global action as well as the measures the EU is taking itself.