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

Moreover, a coherent set of indicators should be integrated into all policies, thus harmonizing the European Green Deal, an SDGs strategy, the European Semester and the Recovery and Resilience Facility. This enhanced monitoring framework could be introduced by the end of 2021.

 

Key policy recommendations

  • Headline targets and indicators must be developed and implemented as part of one coherent set on the six priorities of the European Commission.
  • Promote structural reform by introducing a new sustainability scoreboard within the European Semester and SDG-related targets within the Recovery and Resilience Plans.
  • Turn objectives into legal obligations.
  • Integrate into the monitoring framework new targets and indicators regarding cross-border social and environmental spill-over effects.
  • Create an annual report and conference to assess progress against the six headline ambitions of the European Commission

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