Ambitious, transparent and economy-wide 2050 strategies key to tackling climate change - report

Ten elements are key to a successful 2050 climate and energy strategy, a new WWF report finds. These include ambition, covering all economic and social sectors, transparency, regular upward review, public engagement and high-level political commitment.

Under the Paris Agreement, all signatories must produce a 2050 emissions reduction plan. In the EU, 2050 strategies come under the Energy Union governance regulation, currently in negotiations between EU Council and Parliament.

"This report comes at a time when the world is looking towards the EU for leadership. The 2050 strategies WWF has put forward are the key to effectively implementing the Paris Agreement and increasing its ambition. This report, together with the dialogue encouraged by the 2050 Pathways Platform, can enable Europe to become the climate leader it aims to be", commented Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation. 

“2050 is tomorrow in climate and energy terms, so we need to get it right today. Unfortunately, there is no guidance at EU or international level on how to do so, so based on other sources we have made our own. Ensuring 2050 strategies cover our ten essential elements would be a huge step forward for protecting people and planet”, commented Imke Lübbeke, director of the MaxiMiseR project at WWF European Policy Office.

“As MEPs discuss the promising Turmes report on Energy Union governance next week, we urge them to add a call for detailed guidance on long-term strategies. This will help ensure Europe makes the vital transition to 100% renewables, with strengthened energy efficiency, by 2050”, added Lübbeke.

The ten keys to a successful plan identified by the WWF’s EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR report are:

  1. Ambition - Keep global temperature rises below 2°C (pursue 1.5°C limit)
  2. Scope - Be fully cross-sectoral, covering all parts of society and the economy
  3. Actionable - Describe existing and new policies and measures to be taken
  4. Integration - Take account of all relevant strategies and plans
  5. Political commitment - Secure leadership at the highest political level
  6. Monitoring - Provide a clear framework for monitoring, reporting and verifying
  7. Public transparency - Make key information public at all stages of 2050 strategy development
  8. Stakeholder participation - Engage all stakeholders in the development of a 2050 strategy
  9. Analytical basis - Undertake modelling and sensitivity analysis with peer review
  10. Review - Ensure regular review of analytical basis, policies, measures, targets

Read the report
See the 'top ten' infographic

Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer, WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 473 57 31 37