Long-term strategies: an undervalued instrument for an all-economy climate policy

Climate Recon 2050 platform ends, but work on pathways to climate neutrality continues

The Climate Recon 2050 platform was in operation for almost 5 years, from early 2018 to the end of 2022. Its activities created a community of technical experts from Ministries, governmental agencies and research institutes from around the EU that engaged in the exchange of experience in the development and implementation of national long-term strategies.

The conversations in in-person and virtual workshops and public discussion events have revealed the wealth of information and insights gathered in the EU as a whole on the challenges and benefits of drawing up long-term climate strategies. They have also revealed existing problems, in terms of technical capacity and political backing and integration into national policy-making processes that make the current set of strategies undervalued and underused as a tool to guide policy towards climate neutrality. A set of recommendations for how to improve on the state of play has been distilled for the comparative analysis prepared by Ecologic Institute in late 2022.

Much of the information gathered by analytical work and the exchange under Climate Recon 2050 have been published and remain available on this website as a resource for interested experts and policy-makers.

We thank our partners and the community for their interest and support for this dialogue between colleagues from different EU Member States. And we are immensely grateful for the funding that made this whole endeavor possible, with two project grants from the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) and co-funding from the Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation for specific phases of the platform.

At Ecologic Institute and in the partner organisations the work on providing analysis for the enhancement of governance mechanisms for effective climate policy continues. We look forward to keeping up the exchange with the people that made up the Climate Recon 2050 community and continuing the dialogue on better policy-making for a path to climate neutrality.

On behalf of the entire team

Matthias Duwe
coordinator on climate policy at Ecologic Institute and for the Climate Recon 2050 project


Thank you, Climate Recon!

Matthias Duwe
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