EU FUNDS FOR A GREEN RECOVERY: Recommendations to Steer EU Regional And Recovery Funding towards Climate Neutrality

This report looks into investments and measures listed in National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) of 14 Member States. This report highlights which measures have a great potential to boost climate ambition and green recovery, and therefore should be prioritised to receive EU and recovery funding. At the same time the report points out which harmful investments should not be supported by EU funds in order to avoid high-emission lock-in and to prevent biodiversity loss and ecosystems’ degradation/destruction.

Recovery and climate : what actions for the French regions? Towards an ambitious climate and social transition (French)

To recover from the Covid-19 crisis and fight the climate one, French regions have to implement strong structural policies, making our societies more resilient and sharply reducing greenhouses gas emissions. Unify projet partner, Réseau Action Climat France, calls French regions to use the opportunity of recovery plans to invest in the ecological transition. Supporting low emission mobility, house renovation, the development of renewable energies and the transformation of the industry require the reorientation of all financial tools, including EU funds. This would create new jobs, strengthen the local economy and decrease the level of emissions of these activities. Besides mitigation, regions must begin to adapt to climate change.

Climate, how the French regions are spending the European funds? (French)

This report analyses the 2014-2020 spending programme of French regional authorities and draws recommendations for the remaining 5.9 billion to be spent until the end of 2020 and for the elaboration of the next programmes (for 2021-2027). It also identifies the right priorities and the key sectors to target in a truly ecological recovery plan. The report underlines that French regions do not use EU funds enough for the ecological transition: only 30% of the ERDF envelope is dedicated to sustainable mobility and energy transition, which does not fill the gaps in investment needs and recommends that at least 50% of the European funds, especially the ERDF, should be directed towards the ecological transition for the next EU budget period.

PAVE THE WAY FOR INCREASED CLIMATE AMBITION : Opportunities and gaps in the final National Energy and Climate Plans

Our new report looks into the final National energy and Climate Plans of 15 Member States and indicates that a number of countries made some improvements in their final NECPs, both in terms of targets and of policies and measures. However, these improvements are not enough to catalyse the energy transition required to achieve the long term objective of the Paris Agreement.

Paris Agreement aligned long term strategies are the best guide for economic recovery

This briefing discusses how economic recovery packages can support the early transition to low carbon economies in Europe. In addition, it looks into the EU’s Long Term Strategy, the coherence between the EU’s and Member States’ national Long Term Strategies and how the ambition level of these strategies can be increased with sustainable stimulus packages, aimed at achieving the Paris Agreement goals.