Since becoming a partner of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2017, Luxembourg has endorsed the Coalition’s initiatives to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emission from heavy-duty vehicles, municipal solid waste, cooling and refrigeration, and household energy. Luxembourg has supported the CCAC’s national policy and planning projects, and, to date, has contributed USD 84,830 to the Trust Fund. Luxembourg has pledged a contribution of EUR 75,000 covering the five years of 2023-2027 to continue supporting the CCAC programs, activities, and projects.
During COP26, Luxembourg joined the Global Methane Pledge (GMP), strengthening its commitment to contribute to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions.
During the CCAC Climate and Clean Air Ministerial held on November 9th, 2021, Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, said, "From Pole to Pole we see human-induced climate change affecting our planet and our lives. Science tells us: unless there are immediate and large-scale reductions in ALL greenhouse gas emissions, including short-lived pollutants such as methane, limiting global warming to close to 1.5º will be beyond reach. We urge ambitious and efficient action by the public, private, and all other sectors of society to make this a decade of action. You can count on Luxembourg's continued full commitment to climate action."
In December 2020, Luxembourg published its first “Climate Law” that establishes the obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Grand Duchy by 55% by 2030, transposes the objective of climate neutrality at the latest for 2050 on a national scale, and establishes the legal framework necessary for the implementation of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for 2021-2030.
Luxembourg’s NECP sets a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 (relative to 2005), while Luxembourg’s National Air Pollution Control Programme (NAPCP) aims, among other things, to reduce fine particle pollution (PM2.5) by 40% by 2030 (relative to 2005). To achieve these targets, Luxembourg has identified measures across a variety of sectors including transport, household energy, agriculture and waste.
For the transport sector, the central objectives of the NECP are to reduce traffic through the massive expansion of public transport and to achieve a 49% share of electromobility by 2030. Luxembourg has increased infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles and, under the Strategy for Sustainable Mobility (Modu 2.0), has made all public transport free.
In October 2021, the Government adopted its long-term strategy “Towards climate neutrality in 2050” which identifies the guidelines as well as the main fields of action and strategic measures for a successful transition to climate neutrality in 2050. In 2020, Luxembourg introduced ‘Null Offall Lëtzeburg’: The Waste Prevention Strategy which aims to significantly reduce the amount of waste produced and end the practice of landfilling municipal household waste by 2030. Reducing food waste is a key component of the strategy; measures include: an awareness raising ‘Antigaspi’ (anti-food waste) campaign; requirements for actors from industry to create food waste prevention plans; and the establishment of a Food Council. The Waste Prevention Strategy also aims to increase the recovery of nutrients from bio-waste with measures including: separate collection of bio-waste; developing value chains for compost, with better promotion and distribution; and promoting the recovery from anaerobic digestion.
Through its Development Cooperation, Luxembourg is committed to the eradication of extreme poverty and the promotion of economic, social and environmental sustainability through work to integrate environmental concerns and climate policy. This includes support to technology transfer, finance, and targeted interventions in partner countries. In 2019, Luxembourg provided support to projects including waste management in Senegal and sustainable agricultural development in Benin.
Read below for more highlights of Luxembourg’s work.