7 March 2016

With the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015, urging the international community to communicate “long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies,” the culmination of the CECILIA2050 research project could not be timelier. The eight-country research consortium was tasked with investigating how climate policy instruments interact, the factors that impact their performance and how these instruments should evolve to meet long-term climate goals. Thus, the foremost objective of the CECILIA2050 project was to identify an optimal—effective, efficient and feasible—instrument mix to steer the EU economy through its low-carbon transformation. Read more

23 October 2015

On the 23rd of October 2015, the BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change held its final Workshop “EU Climate Policies Towards a Low-Carbon Economy”. The workshop presented the main results of the CECILIA2050 research project and focused on its ultimate goal: to assess the current EU climate policies in order to formulate near-term and medium-term policy recommendations. Relevant questions that were addressed during the workshop were: Read more

13 October 2015
Ecologic Institute, Berlin

On the 13th October, the Ecologic Institute organizes a final CECILIA2050 workshop to discuss the results of the multiannual research project. Experts from the Ecologic Institute will first talk about the potentials of the current EU policy mix with regard to climate change mitigation and then present the major challenges for the EU’s climate policy, with a long-term perspective to 2050. In the second part of the workshop, climate policy experts from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Öko‐Institut will present their views on the EU’s current climate policy mix and discuss options for its further development. The workshop will take place at Ecologic Institute and starts with a small reception at 13:00. More information about the workshop can be found in the program (in German) below. Read more

19 August 2015

A new CECILIA2050 report is now available that assesses the impact a fragmented climate policy approach, in which the EU unilaterally introduces an ambitious mitigation target, has on the success to reduce global temperature rise. The report compares this scenario with other scenarios, in which more states participate in an international climate regime and set a similar target. The report also analyses the impact of these different scenarios on carbon leakage. The report is innovative in this regard, because it incorporates terrestrial carbon leakage (TCL) in the analysis, an aspect mostly neglected so far by other studies. Finally, the report assesses the mitigation costs that arise through the introduction of the mitigation targets for different regions of the world. The full report can be downloaded here. Read more

9 July 2015

On the 9th July 2015, members of the CECILIA2050 consortium will present some of the final results and insights gained from the multi-annual research project at the UN climate change conference "Our Common Future Under Climate Change" in Paris. During the session, a number of key aspects for a successful European climate policy will be addressed. This includes the question of how the EU's energy infrastructure should look like in 2050, how a shift towards a low-carbon economy can be financed, and how this development could be affected by uncertain external factors. Furthermore, the members of the CECILIA2050 consortium will discuss the role of the EU's governance system for the future of the EU's climate policy mix. Read more

30 June 2015
“Ateliers des Tanneurs” - Rue des Tanneurs 58, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The EU has decided on climate targets for 2030; thus, the impetus is now on the efficient implementation of policy instruments to meet these goals. However, with the longer term goal of decarbonisation in mind, the EU must consider the implications of its next choices on the post-2030 options. The final conference of the CECILIA2050 project thus serves as a topical forum to connect current research with the policy-making process, facilitate dialogue on the near and not-so-distant future of climate mitigation and highlight the insights and key messages of the CECILIA2050 project.Read more

9 June 2015
World Conference Center, Bonn

On 9 June 2015, members of the CECILIA2050 project consortium hosted a side event at the UNFCCC June Climate Change Conference (SB42) in Bonn, Germany. The event highlighted results and lessons learned from the three year research project as well as key insights from the project's final stage of work, which serves as a synthesis and summary of options for EU climate policy in the short and long term, i.e., before and after 2030 respectively. During the session, a particular focus was placed on challenges to the decarbonisation of Europe's economy such as electricity market reform, electrification of mobility and infrastrucuture choices in the face of policy uncertainty. The session also underlined the role of a carbon price, describing three possible scenarios for the development or absence of carbon pricing as a part of the EU's climate policy toolbox. The presenation further argued that the optimal time frame for a strong price signal may be diminishing rapidly or have already passed. Read more

8 May 2015

The third CECILIA2050 policy brief is now available for download through the publications page, here. The policy brief synethsises research conducted in the future-looking component of the CECILIA2050 project. It draws from a series of econonmic modelling studies focused on the future of EU climate policy as well as a report aimed at developing a set of building blocks for coherent instrument mixes in respect to European climate governance. The policy brief summarises the simulation results of the three models and highlights key insights into the possible direction and scope of future EU climate policy. Read more

12 November 2014
European Environment Agency, Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen

On 12 November 2014 members of the CECILIA2050 research project and experts of the European Environment Agency (EEA) will meet in Copenhagen at the EEA to discuss the road ahead for the European Union’s (EU) climate policy. During the meeting, the CECILIA2050 project members will present some of the main insights from the research that has been conducted so far and discuss these in comparison to the insights of the EEA’s efforts on ex-post policy assessment. Furthermore, the meeting will offer the opportunity to discuss relevant questions for a future EU climate policy, including what choices need to be made to decarbonise Europe and how the EU can put climate policy on the road to decarbonisation. Read more

10 November 2014

The building sector is recognized as a sector that offers large potentials for improvements in energy efficiency. Though, a number of barriers exist that prevent many households from retrofitting their dwellings. By comparing economic instruments and regulation this study assesses which type of policy is suited best to overcome these barriers. The comparative analysis is conducted through the simulation of two scenarios and draws upon the RES-IRF, an energy-economy model. The full study can be downoladed in the publication section of this website. Read more


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