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(Policy) progress towards EU climate neutrality

Report | 02 July 2024

As an addition in this year's annual ECNO progress report, the policy context of all the assessed building blocks was analysed.

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Net zero risk in climate planning

Report | 31 January 2024

An assessment of five Member States' National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) unveiled major inconsistencies and shortcomings.

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Towards an EU net zero monitoring framework

Briefing | 15 January 2024

A review of the European Commission's first ever Climate Action Progress Report.

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Policy progress towards climate neutrality

Fit for 55 moves the needle on the transition speedometer

The newest progress report, launched on 02 July, evaluated the policy context of each building block. This creates a bridge between the quantitative assessment based on historical data and likely developments in the near future, in which recent policy decisions may advance the transition further – or not. 

The EU legislative cycle of 2019 to 2024 saw a whole range of relevant policies proposed and adopted as part of the European Green Deal (EUGD) that can be expected to positively impact the sectoral and cross-sectoral transition. The Fit for 55 legislative package is expected to drive significant improvements on GHG emission reductions upon progressive implementation across Member States.

National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) 

Net zero risk in European climate planning

In a report published in January 2024, ECNO analysed the draft NECPs of five EU Member States, reviewing the plans' completeness, transparency and internal consistency. 

National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) represent an opportunity for EU Member States to chart their next steps on the road to a net-zero economy by 2050.

The report found that the five analysed draft NECPs lack a sufficiently detailed and systemic view of all the proposed measures. This gives rise to a risk of inadequate infrastructure, shortages of key resources and ultimately not delivering the targets. The analysed plans all fall short on policy detail and transparency, and in many cases, this leads to inconsistencies. 

EU Net Zero Monitoring

Assessment of the European Commission's first Climate Action Progress Report

In this briefing, ECNO reviews the Commission's first ever progress report on climate neutrality and proposes concrete next steps for setting up a monitoring system that is fit for purpose. 

In its report, the Commission acknowledged the lack of depth in its current progress monitoring. Not checking the development of enabling conditions for the transition creates the risk that policymakers do not receive sufficiently actionable information to intervene where needed. The existing reporting system already delivers relevant information, but scattered across multiple reports.

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