Making the National Energy & Climate Plans fit for the climate emergency

Posted on June, 21 2023

​The window for stopping runaway climate change is closing rapidly. Against this background, the revision of Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) is of paramount importance.
The NECPs are supposed to be key strategic planning tools to guide decarbonisation efforts at the national level in line with the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and ensure a rapid and fair transition to the clean economy of the future.

In their NECPs, EU Member States are required to describe, in an integrated manner, various national climate and energy targets – as well as the policies and measures to achieve them, and the adequate funding to back them up – until 2030. But the current NECPs are dramatically unfit for purpose and need to be stronger, more comprehensive, and built on robust data and participative processes.

WWF is following the process up close so EU Member States ensure this during the ongoing update process, as follows:
  1. A 2030 national climate targets consistent with 1.5°C
  2. Consistency with the long-term trajectory
  3. Ambitious 2030 national energy contributions
  4. Credible and consistent policies and measures
  5. Ensure a fair and just transformation
  6. Assure adequate funding for the transition
  7. Ensure a collective and transparent process
Read the full checklist

The EU will not reach climate neutrality by accident nor without thorough planning. National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are a central strategic tool in this regard.
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