Immediate action is crucial in tackling climate change, but so is long-term thinking.
Long-term climate plans show countries will continue to move in the right direction. This encourages greater ambition, allows better planning, creates trust between better off and less wealthy countries, and boosts certainty and stability for investors and low-carbon industries.
And most importantly, it means we will carry on tackling global warming and its terrible impacts!
Back in 2010, industrialised countries - including the EU - committed to producing climate plans known as ‘low-carbon development strategies’ (LCDS). They said they would report on them every two years.
EU countries submitted their low-carbon strategies to the European Commission in 2015. They should report on progress and present any updates in 2017.
The EU-funded ‘MaxiMiseR’ project, run by the WWF European Policy Office, aims to help countries make their LCDS as effective as possible. To be effective, long-term plans must be ambitious, credible, based on the latest science and developed in a transparent and open way. They will need to uphold the Paris Agreement, in which all countries agreed to limit global warming to well under 2 degrees Celsius, and pursue efforts to keep it under 1.5 degrees.
A tool being developed by the MaxiMiseR project will evaluate the national long- term plans - known as ‘low-carbon development strategies’ (LCDS) - and allow EU Member States to share knowledge and best practise in order to improve the LCDS.
In parallel, the ‘MaxiMiseR’ project will analyse how auctioning revenues from the EU’s Emissions Trading System can better support the implementation of the LCDS. It will focus on the financing of renewable energy and energy savings technology.
The two and a half year project, which runs until mid-2018, is being implemented by WWF’s European Policy Office with the support of a range of stakeholders. It is funded by the EU LIFE Programme for the Environment and the MAVA Foundation