The project makes a tangible contribution to the improvement of sectoral climate policies in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region and at the European scale. It specifically focusses on those policies addressing transport and buildings, two sectors not included in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS).
The project facilitates the promotion of best practices for climate action in the selected non-ETS sectors of transport and buildings. It does this by raising national policy-makers’ awareness of the readily-available and transferable solutions already present in the region. Additionally, it fosters discussion on implementation strategies that can enable the region to efficiently reduce emissions from these sectors with the aim of achieving emissions pathways that are compatible with the Paris Agreement.
The project’s goals are to be achieved over several stages. First, the project will identify and promote current best policy practices within the CEE region. Second, it will assess the gap between these best practices and the level of ambition necessary to ensure global warming remains well below 2°C/1.5°C. Finally, policy options needed to bridge this gap will be identified and promoted.
The project’s outcomes will support policy-makers in all beneficiary CEE countries to reach the ‘regional frontier of excellence’ in climate action, while also making this action consistent with the level of ambition required to limit global warming to well below 2°C. Although the project focuses on the Central and Eastern European region, it will also create a channel for knowledge exchange between the CEE countries and other European states.
The project promotes climate protection measures for transport and buildings. Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/view-of-city-at-airport-326410/
Climate action within the transport and building sectors in the CEE region lags behind that of European frontrunners and behind the overall pace of emissions reduction compatible with the Paris Agreement. Within the region, there are also significant differences in the effectiveness and efficiency of countries’ policy instruments, in terms of both their design and implementation. While knowledge exchange between the CEE countries and the rest of the EU is crucial for solving the climate challenge, the experiences gained by the latter group are often not fully transferable or applicable due to the different socio-economic contexts, institutional differences or historical development pathways. It is therefore necessary to strengthen knowledge exchange within the CEE region. On top of this, the scale and pace of climate action required if the buildings and transport sectors are to stay within the global carbon budget are still not fully recognised. Without both increasing the intra-CEE exchange of current best practices and supporting joint European reflection on further improvements in sectoral policies, there is a risk that progress in this area continues to be piecemeal.
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.