Countries around the world are considering the introduction of national framework laws to make their climate policy more effective. A debate is underway in Israel on the adoption of such a climate law, to establish a clear institutional set-up and regular processes for climate action. Ecologic Institute's Matthias Duwe presented best practice lessons from European countries to policy-makers as inspiration for the law's design.
The online workshop, entitled, "Climate Legislations: Perspectives from Israel & Germany," hosted by the Israel Public Policy Institute (IPPI) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation was aimed at stakeholders and decision-makers in an effort to foster best practice exchange on climate legislation design in the context of Israel’s pending national climate law. In attendance were representatives of the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection as well as civil society organizations in both Germany and Israel. Among the other speakers were, Prof. Ofira Ayalon (Samuel Neaman Institute for National Poilicy Research), Dr. Ori Sharon (Bar Ilan University), Gil Proaktor (Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection), Dr. Christiane Averbeck (Climate Alliance Germany), and Tammy Ganot (Adam Teva V'Din).
Matthias Duwe's presentation provided insight into the landscape of framework climate legislation in OECD member states, but focusing on ten European countries. The lecture pinpointed nineteen good practice design elements found in the laws, which help governments streamline emission reduction measures, mainstream these efforts across governmental institutions, and align short-term action with long-term (e.g. 2050) climate goals. Finally, comparing example legal texts side-by-side, the talk illustrated that while brevity is not a problem as such, substance matters when designing a robust climate framework.
A recording of the event is available on YouTube. The presentation starts at 22:24.