POLIMP - Survey No. 3. A New Governance System for 2030 EU Climate and Energy Policy

Survey No. 3. A New Governance System for 2030 EU Climate and Energy Policy

16 November 2015, Categories Survey Series

 

Survey No. 3 entitled, “A New Governance System for 2030 EU Climate and Energy Policy” aimed to gather expert opinions on the recent changes and possible future developments of the 2030 EU climate and energy governance system. ERG members were also asked to comment on the implications of the new system on climate goals and policy more generally. 

 

Key insights include:

• Outlook: Paris up, EU down. Compared to the previous month, expert responses in October suggest a more pessimistic view on long-term EU policy confidence and its economic impact. There was a slight positive increase in ratings of confidence in the international community, but this value remains low.

• 2030 renewables targets: That EU Member States will no longer be legally binding national targets is seen to represent a significant change in EU climate policy; experts generally do not approve.

• “What if?” there is a gap: most experts agree that the European Commission should be empowered in some form to remedy any gap between EU targets and national contributions for renewables & efficiency.

• Enshrined in law: experts agree that the 2030 governance system should be anchored in legislation.

• News out of Bonn: experts perceived recent developments in the ongoing UN climate negotiations as favourable signals for a possible Paris outcome – mirroring the upswing in the long-term outlook.

For a synopsis of survey results please download the full report.