The “Winter Package” on Climate and Energy: does it live up the EU’s ambitions?

December 1, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30, the European Commission published its much anticipated “Winter Package”—a major set of legislative proposals and new policy initiatives on climate and energy. The purpose is to put in place the policies and measures that the EU needs to deliver on its climate and energy targets for 2030 and beyond. The proposed measures […]

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What should we make of Germany’s new 2050 Climate Protection Plan?

November 23, 2016

On November 11, the German Government finally adopted its long-awaited 2050 Climate Protection Plan (English summary here). The adoption of the plan is the fruit of a 2 year process of technical development, intensive public consultation and ministerial disagreement over sector targets in 2030. However, thanks to a last minute deal, Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks, […]

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Long-term strategies: a key tool for climate action

November 14, 2016

The Paris Agreement laid the foundations for a new era of climate action, enabling the progressive convergence of nationally determined contributions towards an ambitious collective target for temperature rise. How can we ensure this convergence occurs as rapidly as possible? How can we make certain that short-term pressures do not prevent us from tackling the […]

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