Climate Recon 2050 is one of two projects, that jointly form a cooperative project “EU Climate Action Dialogues” and addresses two processes that are central to achieving climate neutrality: (1) Making climate policy a central issue of EU reform (Future of the EU); (2) the development and implementation of national long-term climate strategies (LTCS).

Long-term climate strategies are central to managing the transition to net zero emission economies and play a key role in informing near- and mid-term policies en route to 2050. All EU countries were expected to have completed a national LTCS by 2020, many for the first time. Notable disparities exist among existing strategies that points to significant differences in the capacity of Member States to implement such planning processes in an inclusive manner, and to the differences in their analytical and modelling capacity. This project supports strategy implementation and review in the target countries by helping them navigate the complex EU policy landscape and providing access to knowledge and opportunities to “learn from others”.

The project aims to create the following long-term impacts:

  • Robust and politically credible long-term climate planning FRAMEWORKS (that include strategies and other governance elements) in all EU MS that jointly allow the EU as a bloc to reach its 2050 climate neutrality target in a coherent, harmonized and efficient manner
  • Strengthened LONG-TERM ORIENTATION in near-term climate policy, specifically the next round of national energy and climate plans (NECPs), to avoid carbon lock-in effects
  • A lasting positive effect on CAPACITIES among CEE and SEE countries on long-term climate planning and governance.

The project consists of three interlinked elements:

  1. Dialogue workshops for government experts, supported by targeted topical inputs
  2. Analysis of regional strategies for seminars informing and creating opportunities for cooperation between EU MS and relevant stakeholders in target regions (Visegrad Group, Baltic States, Romania/Bulgaria, Slovenia/Croatia and Western Balkans)
  3. Outreach activities including targeted events and online communication.

Project partners:

The project is funded by European Climate Initiative (EUKI) .

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  • Programme Director, Senior Expert (Sustainable Development Programme)