EU Lawmaker Gerbrandy to Oversee Emissions Effort-Sharing Law

  • Gerbrady to steer law on pollution outside carbon market
  • Ratification of Paris climate deal is step one, Gerbrandy says

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, was chosen to steer through the assembly a draft law on emissions outside the carbon market.

Gerbrandy, who belongs to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, will be responsible for drafting a report on the proposed law, which divides the burden of pollution cuts among European Union member states after 2020, his press office said in a statement on Monday. He will also chair the EU Parliament’s delegation in talks with governments about the details of the draft effort-sharing decision, which regulates emissions in the transport, farm and building industries by 2030.

“Signing and ratifying the Paris climate agreement is step one,” Gerbrandy said in the statement after EU leaders discussed on Friday the track to approval of the global accord. “This law will start concrete action on the ground, enabling investments in better, more efficient buildings, cleaner cars and smart waste solutions. This law is necessary to translate the Paris agreement in specific climate actions for national governments.”

The effort-sharing, put forward by the European Commission in July, needs the support of EU nations and the European Parliament to enter into force, a process that can take two years or longer. All nations except Bulgaria would need to slash greenhouse-gas discharges by as much as 40 percent in 2030 compared with 2005 levels.

“My goal is to steer the report swiftly and with a balanced outcome through the Parliament, taking into account the ambitions, concerns and wishes from all parts of Europe,” Gerbrandy said.

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