ECNO uses an indicator-based framework that tracks progress across traditional economic sectors as well as the cross-cutting areas that have an impact on the emitting sectors, like finance, governance, and lifestyles. Together these form the ‘building blocks’ of a climate neutral future.
In June 2023, ECNO released its first EU-wide progress report, which will be updated every year.
16 November 2023
In analysing data associated with ECNO’s three enablers for cleantech, as well as supporting data points, this briefing examines the current state of EU cleantech from lab to market.
As the EU finalises and adopts legislation to implement the European Green Deal, ECNO's analysis across 13 building blocks reveals strengths and weaknesses in the EU’s progress towards climate neutrality.
The assessment of progress considers the key objectives and enabling conditions for change needed in each building block. This approach is designed to accompany the overarching nature of the European Green Deal and the EU's headline climate neutrality target, which touches all aspects of the economy and society.
Progress is assessed across a comprehensive set of 104 indicators, covering all areas of European society and economy. Indicators are selected to target on-the-ground change by measuring the enabling conditions for emission reductions, not only key headline trends.
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The transition of lifestyles towards more sustainable behaviour patterns and social practices is a meaningful driver of decarbonisation.
Objectives outline what the building block must achieve to support the overall climate neutrality goal, while enablers are the supporting conditions needed to meet the objectives in each building block. Enablers reflect on the drivers of and barriers to decarbonisation and, as such, can provide an early sense of progress – or lack thereof.