Common Agricultural Policy Contributions to Climate Protection in the EU


Enriching the technically sound dialogue between the EU and the German government on climate and agricultural policy. Impulses also come from civil society and science. It also raises public awareness of the EU Commission’s proposals that are problematic in terms of climate and agricultural policy.


To achieve Europe’s climate targets, far-reaching changes are needed in all sectors – including agriculture and land use, which account for more than 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions across the EU. Here, the EU has a particularly large direct influence, as most government spending on agriculture is determined by the CAP.


Dairy farming in Europe. Photo: (c) Nosita / Pixabay


The project published a study that analysed the climate impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It evaluated the proposals of the EU Commission and developed options for improvement.

The study was presented on 9.10.2020 at an online conference with representatives from German, French and Spanish civil society, agriculture and European networks. A total of about 100 people took part. On the same day, a press conference was held for the public presentation of the study in the rooms of the Federal Press Conference.

In order to be able to closely accompany the negotiation process for the CAP, the project worked to maintain contact between the above-mentioned institutions during the entire duration of the project.

Project information

Updated: June 2021

Countries: Europe

Project duration: 06/20 - 12/20

Target groups: Civil Society, EU Institutions, Governments

Implementing organisation: Germanwatch e.V.

Contact Person:

Mr Tobias Reichert

Germanwatch e.V.

Stresemannstr. 72
10963 Berlin



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

Potsdamer Platz 10,
10117 Berlin – Deutschland
Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de