Only 11 EU countries have produced strategies outlining their plans for reducing carbon emissions to 2050, although it is required by EU law.
“What is more, the 11 strategies which have been delivered are patchy in quality”, added Lübbeke. “They have varying emissions reductions targets, differing levels of stakeholder involvement, and are not all legally binding.”
These were all factors used by MaxiMiseR to determine the score it gave to the 11 strategies delivered by the 2015 deadline. The results will be published on 6 April.
To improve the quality of the strategies when they are updated, MaxiMiseR recommends the EU provides guidance to Member States - and will later this year produce its own guidance.
However, Artur Runge-Metzger, who leads on climate policy at the European Commission, warned at the round-table that “Member States do not want guidance beyond the UNFCCC” and its Paris Agreement.
Oliver Sartor, Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), supported MaxiMiseR’s recommendations, saying that strong long-term strategies plans are crucial in making today’s climate policy more ambitious.
The European Commission came under fire from Michel Raquet, energy advisor to the European Greens in the EU Parliament and another speaker at the round-table. He accused it of having an "obsolete" climate and energy vision and asked “have they forgotten the Paris Agreement?”