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Where next for EU climate change policy? From Lima to Paris

2014 ended with a number of significant developments affecting EU climate change policy. In October 2014, the EU agreed on its 2030 'Climate and Energy Goals' and, in the same month, the European Commission ("Commission") published its annual progress report on climate action. Both of these reports were optimistic on the EU's level of ambition and achievement of its climate change goals. On 1 November 2014, the new Commission took office, with Miguel Arias Cañete being appointed the new Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. He has reaffirmed the EU's commitment to climate change policy and greenhouse gas reduction. Most recently, from 1-14 December 2014, the Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ("UNFCCC") took place in Lima, where the EU was represented by Commissioner Arias Cañete and the Italian Minister of the Environment. The level of international ambition was somewhat muted, in what was generally agreed to be a weak agreement. This alert rounds up these key recent developments for EU climate change policy.

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