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Net zero risk in climate planning

31 January 2024

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

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EU Member States’ 2030 climate targets at risk because of “inconsistent and contradictory” planning on hydrogen, biofuel and carbon capture, warns climate observatory

31 January 2024

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Towards an EU net zero monitoring framework

15 January 2024

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

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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.

Briefing

Briefing: Towards an EU net zero monitoring framework. A review of the European Commission’s assessment of progress

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