Publications

European Green Deal Barometer 2021

This report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy and GlobeScan identifies the challenges to the European Green Deal’s implementation and provides policy recommendations for addressing them.

A low-carbon and circular industry for Europe

This paper looks at the opportunities for the circular economy to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with three of its most carbon-intensive sectors: the built environment, mobility, and food, and makes recommendations for policies within the 2030 time horizon and beyond.

Implementing the European Green Deal at local level: Lessons on the role of cities in Poland in planning climate policy

This paper draws lessons from cities in Poland about how they have implemented their climate policy planning to date and shows that unlocking the potential for climate mitigation and adaptation in cities may be a useful avenue for progress in countries whose governments are less committed to climate action.

Delivering a sustainable, durable and inclusive recovery for Europe

This paper takes the scientific, environmental and health arguments in favour of a green recovery and achieving climate neutrality by mid-century as a given, with the aim of focusing primarily on the additional economic and employment arguments that support the development of a recovery strategy that is aligned with the EU’s climate and environmental goals.

Future generations and intergenerational equity

This paper argues that the measures provisioned within the European Green Deal and the recovery plans must thoroughly consider their imminent and potential long-term impacts and reflect on the stakes of the future generations.  In the short-term, this can be addressed by meaningfully engaging and letting youth take an active role in decision-making processes.

European agriculture in a new paradigm: Can global challenges like climate change be addressed through a farm to fork approach?

This updated Think2030 paper looks back at the recommendations on EU agriculture and food policy made in 2018, to see whether they are still relevant today, if they have been addressed, and where greater coherence in policy development is still needed.

Using nature-based solutions to foster synergies between biodiversity and climate: Missed chances and new opportunities for a sustainable future

This paper by IEEP and Ecologic Institute discusses how EU policies and investments have spurred the uptake of nature-based solutions to support biodiversity and ecosystem health, and outlines remaining gaps and opportunities on how best to scale up efforts to meet the current EU policy framework’s 2030 objectives.

Targets and indicators for a meaningful implementation of the European Green Deal

While the EU’s ambition to reach climate neutrality by 2050 is highly welcomed, further efforts are needed to layout concrete quantitative targets and indicators to track and enforce the enacted policies. This paper looks at a coherent set of indicators that should be integrated into all policies, thus harmonizing the European Green Deal, an SDGs strategy, the European Semester and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

How digitalisation can help or hamper in the climate crisis

This paper co-authored by IEEP and the Ecologic Institute highlights the top concerns, recent policy developments and key policy principles that can guide the future development of sustainable digitalisation policy.

EU trade in support of a circular economy: Green recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic

This policy paper aims to determine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economy and trade, identifying related possible opportunities or obstacles to circular economy. It outlines the current trends in global and EU trade flows with focus on sectors identified in the EU CEAP and highlights how EU trade policy can support creating global partnerships and action on circular economy, including as part of the EU and third country recovery plans.

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