The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals that should implement the commitments of the March 2007 European Council to fight climate change and promote renewable energy. The package provides the mechanisms to reach the targets of a 20 per cent reduction in GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union, a 20 per cent share of renewables in overall EU energy consumption and a 10 per cent biofuel component in vehicle fuel by 2020. The proposals include: (i) strengthening and expanding the scope of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS); (ii) effort-sharing to meet the European Union’s independent GHG reduction commitment in sectors not covered by the ETS, including buildings, services, agriculture and waste; and (iii) consolidating and strengthening the legislation relating to renewable energy for electricity and biofuels, including heating and cooling.