Citizens demand a faster pace of change

Last Friday 20th of September, the world’s biggest climate demonstrations ever saw millions of people calling on their leaders to tackle the climate emergency.

Europeans are willing to engage in the climate and energy transition, and the national plans to accomplish it – due December 2019 – could very much benefit from public involvement.

When will national policymakers start involving people?

Many Member States have not consulted their citizens before adopting the draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), and very few are expected to do so when preparing their final plans.  This is against the governments' legal obligations under the EU Governance Regulation and the Aarhus Convention.

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Not doing so great either

Having analysed the draft plans of Hungary, Poland, Romania, Italy and Spain, we extended our analysis to those countries that are often considered Europe’s “climate leaders”. 

While the plans of Sweden, Finland, Germany, Portugal and France include ambitious goals, they too
lack concrete policies and measures to deliver on the promises. The 
European Commission largely confirms our findings in its own analysis : governments urgently need to strengthen their plans.

Will governments finally listen?

There are many benefits in involving citizens and other stakeholders in climate decision-making: effective public participation can help raise ambition, increase public support and trigger investments  (and more). The most effective way to tap into this potential is to put in place an inclusive energy and climate dialogue.   How?  Keep reading!

10 recommendations for national policymakers to seize the opportunities of public engagement

Click here to know more about how EU governments can develop and implement a multilevel dialogue to improve their NECPs.

Latest publications 

➜  Fit to lead?: An assessment of selected draft EU energy and climate plans. Click here to read.

➜  Report on good practices in energy and climate governance (pdf.

ore here.

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