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The brochure of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) provides information on the objectives, working methods, funding opportunities and projects.

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Factsheet: Carbon Tax (Sweden)

Sweden’s carbon tax has been the dominant instrument of Swedish climate policy since 1991, taxing energy emissions in transport, buildings (heating), industry, and agriculture. It is one of the oldest and strongest carbon price signals with the largest sector coverage in the world. The study of the BEACON project with Navigant and adelphi analyses the transferability of the climate policy measure to the German context.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Company Car Taxation Sweden


Factsheet: Company Car Taxation (Sweden)

Sweden offers particularly effective tax advantages for company cars with low or zero emissions. The fact sheet shows what other EU countries can learn from the Swedish system. It was written as part of the BEACON project with Navigant, adelphi and Ufu.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector in both Sweden and Germany have only decreased slightly in the past two decades (-6% and -4% respectively from 1991 to 2015). Accelerated GHG emission reductions, however, are necessary to meet the climate targets of each country.

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Electric Vehicles Norway


Factsheet: Incentives for Electric Vehicles (Norway)

Norway’s global leadership role in the promotion of electric vehicles (EVs) is due to early and comprehensive policy interventions targeting both the monetary aspects of vehicle purchases as well as aspects related to the ease of use of low and zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). The study of the BEACON project with Navigant and adelphi analyses the transferability of the climate policy measures to the German context.

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Agrocovenant Netherlands


Factsheet: The Agrocovenant (Netherlands)

The Agrocovenant is a voluntary public-private agreement between the government of the Netherlands and a variety of agricultural sector organisations. It sets a policy framework for energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions for specific agricultural sectors including agro-food industry, agro-logistics and a range of primary agro-producers. The study by Navigant and adelphi analyses the transferability of the climate policy measure to the German context.

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Energy Transition Tax Credit CITE France


Factsheet: Energy Transition Tax Credit CITE (France)

The energy transition tax credit in France (‘Le crédit d’impôt pour la transition énergétique’, CITE) is providing an income tax credit for expenditures related to certain building renovation work to improve the energy efficiency of private dwellings or the modernisation of heating installations. Between 2005 and 2011, more than six million of the 34 million principal residences in France benefitted from CITE at least once. The study by Navigant and adelphi analyses the transferability of the climate policy measure to the German context.

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Bonus Malus Vehicle Incentive System France


Factsheet: Bonus-Malus Vehicle Incentive System (France)

The French Bonus-Malus System is one of the main climate policy instruments in the French transport sector and has successfully contributed to reducing average passenger car emissions since its implementation in 2008. The scheme uses revenues from fees for emission-intensive vehicles to finance bonus payments for electric vehicles (EVs) to incentivise the car purchase decision. The study by Navigant and adelphi analyses the transferability of the Bonus-Malus System to the German context.

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Biomethane Support Policy France


Factsheet: Bio-Methane Support Policy (France)

This study by adelphi and Navigant looks at French climate and agricultural policy, in particular ‘Le plan Énergie Methanisation Autonomie Azote (EMAA)’ (the energy methanisation autonomy nitrogen plan), and assesses its transferability to the German context. Together with a package of supporting policies, EMAA provides a supportive framework for the development of agricultural methanisation in France, being the production of biogas and bio-methane from agricultural and other wastes. The policies enable investment subsidies for research and equipment, as well as guaranteed prices for their bioenergy products, achieving emissions reductions directly in the agricultural sector and across a range of subsectors, including transport, waste, electricity and heat.

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Energy Performance Certificate Database Denmark


Factsheet: Energy Performance Certificate Database (Denmark)

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), and databases that contain all of the information of the EPCs, are a policy tool used throughout the European Union to address the problem of incomplete information about the energy performance of buildings in the housing and buildings market. In Denmark, an EPC database has been in existence since 1997 and is publicly available online. The breadth, quality and accessibility of the Danish EPC database allows stakeholders to extract and utilise a wealth of information to raise awareness for and ultimately contribute to energy savings. The study by adelphi and Navigant examines the transferability to the German context.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme Denmark


Factsheet: Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (Denmark)

The Danish Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) scheme is praised for its flexibility, and simplicity of administration as well as straightforwardness in technical accounting of energy savings. It benefits from low administrative costs and high acceptance of the scheme amongst the obligated parties and population. The study by adelphi and Navigant examines the transferability of the Danish EEO to the German context.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Aquatic Environment Green Growth Agreement Denmark


Factsheet: Action Plans for the Aquatic Environment and Green Growth Agreement (Denmark)

Denmark has been a forerunner in climate policy for several decades. Also emissions of the agricultural sector have fallen significantly over the past years. The main policies that Denmark has been relying on over the last decades are the Action Plans for the Aquatic Environment (APAEs) and later in 2009 the Agreement on Green Growth (GGA), tackling mainly high nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and implementing the EU Nitrates Directive and the EU Water Framework Directive. The study by adelphi and Navigant examines the transferability to the German context.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)