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Climate Scoreboard: EU Member States Fail To Convince With Patchy 2050 Plans

Posted on 06 April 2017

Only 11 EU Member States delivered a 2050 climate plan by 2015 - and those 11 plans vary hugely in quality. These are the findings of the EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project from WWF’s European Policy Office.
Only eleven EU Member States delivered a 2050 emissions reduction strategy by 2015 as required by EU law - and the strategies that were submitted vary hugely in quality. These are the findings of the EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project from WWF’s European Policy Office.

France’s long-term strategy scored highest in the project’s rankings, with a top score of 78%, followed by the UK with 71%. France’s overall score was brought down by its low emissions reduction target of 75% by 2050. At the other end of the scale, Cyprus only scored 25%, partly because it only submitted a draft strategy.

“Strong decarbonisation strategies for 2050 and beyond are the backbone of EU climate action, so the fact that we are missing several key vertebrae is worrying”, commented Imke Lübbeke, Head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office.

“A good low emissions strategy should be in line with our Paris Agreement climate goals, enforceable, transparent and developed with business and civil society input. A few countries are getting it partly right, and some - for example Germany - have already produced updated plans which are a good deal stronger than the 2015 versions - but a lot more must be done to ensure others catch up!” she added.
“Clear guidance from the EU, good enforcement mechanisms and regular reviews would help Member States reduce emissions while ensuring the well being and prosperity of all European citizens.”

Overall, countries which submitted strategies scored best on ‘public transparency’ - making data and documents publicly available. However, they scored poorly on:
- Including stakeholders in the preparation of strategies
- Having their strategies and/or long-term targets enshrined in law
- Giving enough detail of how the plan will be implemented.Ensuring their strategies would be monitored and reviewed with a view to increasing ambition and making them stronger.

Results were mixed on how well strategies were integrated into broader economic, social and environmental objectives and how far they focused on the whole economy and included areas like land use, land use change and forestry (known as ‘LULUCF’).  

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Notes to the editor:

The MaxiMiseR project analysed the climate strategies EU countries handed in by the 2015 deadline. Since then, a few countries - such as Germany in 2016 - have produced updated versions of these plans. MaxiMiseR will also analyse and report on these updates.

More on the MaxiMiseR project:

Immediate action is crucial in tackling climate change, but so is long-term thinking. The most effective long-term plans are ambitious, credible, based on the latest science and developed in a transparent and open way. 

EU countries were asked to submit long-term ‘low carbon development strategies’ in 2015, and to report on progress in 2017. WWF’s MaxiMiseR project is evaluating EU countries’ plans and seeing what works, to try and improve them.

As part of this process, it has analysed Emissions Trading System auctioning revenues to see how they can best be used to fund decarbonisation. It also built a webtool so users can easily access ETS data and pull out and compare national figures.

The MaxiMiseR project is financed by the EU's LIFE programme and the MAVA Foundation.
Twitter: @MaxiMiseREU

Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer, MaxiMiseR project
WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 473 57 31 37
Ranking of Member States' 2050 climate plans