The European Union has created a set of targets relating to climate change mitigation for the Member States to achieve by 2020 and 2030. But are the current and planned domestic policies of the Member States sufficient to attain these targets, while also fostering sustainable economic growth?
The Statkraft Policy Research Programme will generate high-quality independent analysis to support and inform policy-making by exploring key issues relating to the transition to a low-carbon economy by the European Union.
The research will be carried out between January 2016 and September 2017, with generous funding of £225,000 from Statkraft, and will aim to identify, in particular, what works among climate policies in terms of effectiveness, political credibility and public acceptability, and how policies should evolve in the coming years, focusing in particular on the power generation and electricity-intensive sectors.
The analysis will assess whether the current policy framework is ‘fit-for-purpose’, recognising (i) the market, policy and economic context in which the policies are set and (ii) the need to meet the more ambitious decarbonisation requirements for 2030 and beyond.
The Programme is funded by Statkraft, as part of its initiatives to celebrate its 120th anniversary. The funder respects the academic freedom of the Grantham Research institute on Climate Change and the Environment, which has ultimate editorial control of the Programme outputs.
Articles produced as part of this programme:
- Should the UK stay or should it go? The consequences of a divorce with the EU ETS (14 February 2017)
- UK needs free trade with the European Union in low-carbon technologies (8th February 2017)
- With or without you? Why the European Union’s climate targets will be harder to meet post-Brexit (16th January 2017)