The European Commission has presented a proposal for EU nations to ratify the Paris agreement.
It comes after the EU and 174 countries signed the landmark agreement in April.
The Commission is calling for the proposal to be approved as soon as possible by the European Parliament and Council.
It intends to propose targets for Member States in the coming months to reduce emissions in those sectors which are not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme such as transport, agriculture and buildings.
Member States will ratify the climate agreement individually in accordance with their national parliamentary processes.
Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy said: “After Paris, the EU is doing its homework. We are determined to maintain the momentum and spirit of Paris and ensure the early ratification – and the swift implementation – of this historic agreement.
“Today’s proposal demonstrates our continued commitment to lead the global clean energy transition and build a modern, sustainable and more climate friendly economy. I am confident that the European Parliament, Council and Member States will complete the respective ratification procedures promptly.”