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 guidance report finds. These include ambition, covering all economic and social sectors, transparency, regular review, public engagement and high-level political commitment.
All Paris Agreement signatories must produce a 2050 emissions reduction plan. In the EU, 2050 strategies come under the proposed Energy Union governance regulation. However, only 11 out of 28 Member States have produced such strategies so far, and their quality is highly variable. Guidance is crucial to helping countries get their plans right.
"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 be on the right path today. Unfortunately, there is no official guidance on how to make high quality strategies, so, drawing from the best thinking available, we have made our own. If all national 2050 strategies covered our ten essential elements, we would be taking a huge step forward for people and planet”, commented Imke Lübbeke, Director of the MaxiMiseR project at WWF European Policy Office.
“As MEPs discuss the promising report from Claude Turmes MEP 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 and 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:
- Ambition - Keep global temperature rises below 2°C (pursue 1.5°C limit)
- Scope - Be fully cross-sectoral, covering all parts of society and the economy
- Actionable - Describe existing and new policies and measures to be taken
- Integration - Take account of all relevant strategies and plans
- Political commitment - Secure leadership at the highest political level
- Monitoring - Provide a clear framework for monitoring, reporting and verifying
- Public transparency - Make key information public at all stages of 2050 strategy development
- Stakeholder participation - Engage all stakeholders in the development of a 2050 strategy
- Analytical basis - Undertake modelling and sensitivity analysis with peer review
- Review - Ensure regular review of analytical basis, policies, measures, targets
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The EU and other industrialised countries have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, and by 80-95% by 2050. EU Member States must produce ‘Low-Carbon Development Strategies’ (LCDS) to show how they will do so. Ensuring that these LCDS are ambitious and of a high quality, and are developed in a participative, transparent manner is key to meeting the EU’s emissions reductions goals. Helping this to happen is the aim of the MaxiMiseR project. MaxiMiseR is funded by the EU LIFE Programme for the Environment and the MAVA Foundation.