The EU Climate Programme focuses on three main areas:
Driving towards a cohesive and ambitious 2030 framework for energy and climate policy
The 2030 framework is critical to Europe identifying and agreeing on its sources of its competitiveness in the future. This starts with a clear agreement on the limits of the business-as-usual mode and a shared sense of urgency and ambition in the face of the current high dependence on fossil fuel imports. As the necessary transformation of Europe to low-carbon economies is creating major upheavals in different regions and sectors, it is not only important to define a cohesive target framework, but we also need to concentrate on the dynamics and governance of the transition. The ECF is reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders from the environmental movement to energy-intensive industries to the financial sector to create a shared sense of opportunities, obstacles to implementation, and resolutions to the dilemma of having to shift investment patterns in a time of economic and financial crisis.
Strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme
The ETS is the flagship of EU climate policy. However, in its current form and against the backdrop of an economic recession, the ETS does not deliver the necessary price signals for creating signification mitigation impact, having dropped from around €30/tonne of CO2 in 2008 to under €3 at some points in early 2013. Over the past few years, the ECF has built a case and mobilized support among stakeholders and Member States for strengthening the ETS.
Increasing climate ambitions under the Effort Sharing Decision
Similarly, the ESD is a key counterpart for Europe's non-ETS sector. Covering over half of Europe’s emissions, it has been largely ignored to date precisely because it sets very low targets for Member States. It is, however, a crucial tool to agree on different countries’ relative efforts.
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