A new report published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and ZERO looks into the final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) of 15 member states including some EUSDR countries – Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Romania, and Slovenia.
NECPs are a vital part of the “Clean Energy For All European Package”, adopted by the European Commission in order to achieve basic targets for 2030. The European Commission is expected to present its assessment on the final NECPs in the following months.
The report brings a comparison between the draft and final NECP, and displays opportunities and gaps for the analysed 15 countries.
The report also provides an in-depth analysis and makes recommendations on key topics, such as accelerating the deployment of renewable energy, aiming for higher energy efficiency, ending fossil fuel subsidies and phasing out coal. In this latter subject it is worthwhile to draw the attention, that although a number of countries had already put forward the much needed coal phase-out goals in their power sectors by 2030, seven member states (Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Romania, Poland, Croatia, and Slovenia) still plan to burn coal beyond 2030. Much of them are from the EUSDR area, which is raises concerns about the energy transition required to achieve the long term objective of the Paris Agreement.
The full report is available here.