Charting a Path Towards EU Climate Neutrality in Turbulent Times
Tools and institutions that can support stable long-term climate policy
- Brussels, Belgium
The EU's toolbox on climate action has been significantly expanded since the adoption of the Paris Agreement: targets have been increased and the climate neutrality goal is legally binding. New planning processes have been started and new institutions created. And with FitFor55, the core policies are being updated. Many Member States have enacted their own framework climate laws to establish clear procedures for managing their own policy-making and established dedicated independent scientific advisory councils. At EU level, a new European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change has been formed to provide additional and independent input to the institutions on the green transition.
However, first the economic impacts of the pandemic and now the energy crisis triggered by both the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a particularly hot summer in Europe are creating a difficult environment, with a complex mixture of supportive and blocking impulses. Does the EU have the means to stay the course towards climate neutrality in such turbulent times?
This event discussed how stable long-term policy direction can be maintained despite uncertainties, and in this context will zoom into the role of long-term strategies and scientific climate advisory councils. To exchange views on these tools with each other and the audience, Climate Recon 2050 and ARIADNE have brought together several experienced practitioners.
- Ottmar Edenhofer, chair of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change and spokesperson of the ARIADNE project
- Vicky Pollard, acting Head of Unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission
- Marie Donnelly, chair of the Irish Climate Change Advisory Council
- Gwenaël Podesta, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France