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The EU Climate Law: Holding the EU accountable for delivering on the Paris Agreement


On 19 March 2020, Ecologic Institute and the ECF organised a webinar on the EU Climate Law. The event was the first public opportunity to exchange views on the European Commission’s proposal, with evidence and insight from experts and policy-makers.

As a starting point for the discussion, key findings of the recent study ‘Climate laws in Europe – Good practices in Net-zero management’ by Ecologic Institute were presented. The study analyses the national climate laws in eight EU Member States (France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and in the UK. It identifies a set of common elements and good practices that can inform the development of both future national climate laws and an EU climate law.

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The panel of experts debated the proposal as well as the key findings of the report, with major themes including the role of independent scientific advisory bodies, the shape and status of the emissions trajectory to be set under the EU climate law, and the range of accountability provisions:

  • Stefanie Hiesinger, Member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans at European Commission
  • Michael Bloss, MEP for Greens/EFA, shadow rapporteur for the EU Climate Law
  • Elisa Giannelli, Researcher at E3G
  • Sharon Turner, Sharon Turner Consulting Ltd & Visiting Professor, University of Sussex
  • Alex Mason, Senior Policy Officer, Climate & Energy Policy at WWF EPO

About the Net-Zero 2050 initiative

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The Net-Zero 2050 is a new initiative of the European Climate Foundation with contributions from a consortium of experts and organisations funded by the ECF.

The objective of Net-Zero 2050 is to start building a vision and evidence base for the transition to net-zero emission societies in Europe and beyond, by midcentury at the latest. The Paris Agreement commits us to make this transition, and long-term strategic planning shows that many of the decisions and actions needed to get us on track must be taken without delay. Reports in the series seek to enhance understanding of the implications and opportunities of moving to climate neutrality across the power, industry, buildings, transport, agriculture, land use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sectors; to shed light on some of the near-term choices and actions needed to reach this goal, and to provide a basis for discussion and engagement with stakeholders and policy-makers.

With acknowledgement of the source, reproduction of all or part of the publication is authorised, except for commercial purposes.

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