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Briefing: The Just Transition Fund – 4 Benchmarks for Success


Briefing: The Just Transition Fund – 4 Benchmarks for Success

On July 16, 2019 Commission President von der Leyen announced in her political guidelines the creation of a “Just Transition Fund”. This fund has since become an important element of the negotiations on the European Union’s budget and climate policy. This briefing by Rebekka Popp and Pieter de Pous (E3G) sets out four benchmarks for designing the governance structure of the fund to make sure the EU moves faster towards climate neutrality.

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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

EUKI Press Review 4/2019


EUKI Press Review 4/2019

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) regularly produces a press review, which reflects the international reporting on the financing programme of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and on the work involved in the projects. The selected articles are derived from submissions by project-implementing organisations and from in-house research. The present edition covers reporting from October to December 2019.

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Recommendations on the Future CAP and Climate Policies


Report: Recommendations on the Future CAP and Climate Policies

Agriculture is a crucial, yet often neglected, piece in the puzzle of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as defined in international agreements. The study by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and BirdLife Europe shows that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union and the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) lack attention to climate action in agriculture. The report also shows that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture are more complex than in other sectors, as they largely include gases other than CO2, with different warming impacts and atmospheric lifetime. The challenge is enormous and the answer must be comprehensive and ambitious: All sectors, including agriculture, must contribute. In this way, the CAP could become a strong lever for climate action.

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Policy Brief: Agriculture and Climate Change


Policy Brief: Agriculture and Climate Change

The global food system, from farm to fork, is responsible for about 25-30 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the European Union (EU), food production alone – up to the farm gate – is responsible for at least 15 percent of our net GHG emissions. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and BirdLife Europe present solutions, such as a reduction of the number of farm animals, an EU-wide adoption of agroecological approaches, support for implementation of best practices on farms, protection and restoration of vulnerable and high value ecosystems and a diversification of the agricultural sector.

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An Unavoidable Step After Paris: Cutting Emissions from Farming

Building blocks for a climateneutral European industrial sector


Report: Building Blocks for a Climate-Neutral European Industrial Sector

The production of basic materials – cement, iron and steel, paper, aluminium, as well as chemicals and petrochemicals – is one of the main contributors to climate change, accounting for approximately 25% of global CO2 emissions, and around 16% of EU GHG emissions. The Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) Platform, which brings together leading researchers and policy advisors in Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Hungary presents a concrete package of policy instruments that creates economic incentives for private actors to pursue transformative investments aligned with Europe’s climate-neutral objectives for 2050 while keeping them in business. The underlying report offers explanation as to why such a package allows heavy industry to shift to climate-friendly materials while European industrial competitiveness in a global market is supported, through stimulation of global emission reductions and prevention of relocation of carbon-intensive production to less stringent regions.

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Climate-Friendly Materials Platform: Supporting the Transition in Central and Southern Europe

Briefing: Up in Smoke


Briefing: Up in Smoke – Waste Incineration in NECPs

This briefing analysis the plans of Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia to expand the use of waste incineration to generate energy (mostly heat) as part of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The study recommends to encourage those Member States to include sustainable alternatives in the final versions of their NECPs, with specific provisions on how to meet the recycling targets and make their waste management systems compatible with circular economy objectives: i.e. capable of flexibly responding to changing composition and volume of waste streams, and free of the risk of technological lock-in and stranded assets.

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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

Clearing the Way for Renewable Energies in Southeast Europe


Study: Clearing the Way for Renewable Energies in Southeast Europe

So far, the financing costs for renewable energies in Southeast Europe have been significantly higher than for conventional power plants. High risk premiums hamper the expansion of wind and solar power plants in the region. In a new study, Agora Energiewende shows which political and financial de-risking measures can reduce costs.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue

Analysis of Biomass in NECPs


Briefing: Analysis of Biomass in NECPs

This publication analyses the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) in Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia and these countries’ measures to support forms of wood biomass. The planned amount of logging and the use of biomass is in many cases at an unsustainable level. The paper states that there is a tendency to replace coal with other unsustainable and often non-renewable fuels. This briefing lists measures that can be taken to counter this trend.

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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

Policy Briefing: An EU Bidget to address the Climate Emergency


Policy Briefing: An EU Budget to Address the Climate Emergency

This policy briefing conducted in the framework of the EUKI project “MFF for the Climate” highlights the importance of the next EU’s budget cycle, the Multiannuel Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027), in the fight against climate change. This paper gives suggestions on how to ensure that the new budget will unlock investments in all climate-relevant sectors and catalyse the transition towards a net-zero greenhouse gas emission economy.

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Synthesis Report: Climate Change and the EU Budget 2021-2027

A Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the Climate

Press Review 3/2019


EUKI Press Review 3/2019

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) regularly produces a press review, which reflects the international reporting on the financing programme of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and on the work involved in the projects. The selected articles are derived from submissions by project-implementing organisations and from in-house research. The present edition covers reporting from July to September 2019.

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