EC Carbon border adjustment mechanism – Legislative proposal

The European Green Deal adopted by the Commission on 11 December 2019 includes the goal of enshrining the
long-term objective of climate neutrality by 2050 in legislation and increasing the EU’s climate ambition to reduce
greenhouse gases emissions by 50-55% from 1990 levels by 2030. In this context, the European Green Deal
emphasized that “should differences in levels of ambition worldwide persist, as the EU increases its climate
ambition, the Commission will propose a carbon border adjustment mechanism, for selected sectors, to reduce
the risk of carbon leakage”.

The Paris Agreement on climate, as well as strong international diplomacy and leadership, are the EU’s main
instruments to achieve higher climate ambition globally. By COP26 in November in Glasgow, Paris Agreement
Parties need to communicate or update their climate commitments and submit their mid-century strategies, in line
with the Paris objectives. The EU will continue to work with partners to raise the global ambition.