UNIFY partners have updated the NECP Tracker with 2019 data for all countries. In addition, 3 new countries are added to the tool and it currently covers 13 EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain.
Some main findings of this exercise are :
- Member States’ current trajectories of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy transition are not in line with their international commitment under the Paris Agreement. They need to be stepped up.
- However, on some occasions, Member States are overperforming compared to their NECP objectives, especially in the sectoral emission reduction targets. Therefore, it is clear that Member States can set much more ambitious sectoral emission reduction and energy targets in future updates of their NECPs.
- In addition, the preparatory work for the NECP tracker has also brought to light some discrepancies between data retrieved from national sources and EU sources. The European Commission must ensure a better standardization of data collected at the national level. ( In the case of Hungary, unclarity emerged even within different annexes to the NECP. As it clearly stands out from the NECP tracker, clear targets for sectoral emission or energy transition indicators are also sometimes absent or incomplete. In the Bulgarian NECP, for example, there are no sectoral emission targets; instead, in the Estonian NECP only the 2030 target for final energy consumption is indicated, while the pathway towards it remains unclear. )