The aim of Fit for 55 package launched by the European Commission is to reduce EU´s emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. In this paper from Kateřina Davidová we bring the CDE's position on selected climate and energy issues. The paper is in Czech language only.
This publication is a short summary of the basic data for the countries that have so far produced their National Climate and Energy Plans.
The NECP Tracker, an analytical tool we co-developed, shows how selected EU Member States are or are not meeting their own climate plans. In addition to the Czech Republic, it includes data for Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.
The international workshop Cultivating Just Transition in Central and Eastern Europe, held online on May 2021, brought together iniciatives from the region and made space to share their stories of just transition.
We bring a paper with the key messages of these stories together with recommendations for policy makers and NGOs on how to make the just transition a reality.
In this July 2021 edition of the briefing, we continue to focus on the elaboration of the TJTPs in seven
central and eastern European countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland,
Romania and Slovakia. The briefing analyses the current status of the TJTPs on two key issues: their
alignment with the EU’s partnership principle, which requires stakeholder participation in all stages
of the planning and distribution of EU funds, and their commitments on decarbonisation and energy
transformation. The briefing also provides recommendations for how the European Commission and
national governments can improve the process in the upcoming months, as TJTPs are finalised.
The NECP Tracker tool reveals data to monitor the implementation of 10 Member States’ current NECPs. The tool covers Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, and it looks into greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways, sectoral emission reduction indicators and some energy transition indicators for these countries.
Which concrete steps can Czech municipalities take to protect the climate and where exactly can they get the money for them?
This is the subject of Tomáš Jungwirth's new publication Engaging Cities in Climate Solutions, published by the Centre for Transport and Energy together with the Climate Coalition. (Czech only)
Uhelná komise vydala 4. prosince 2020 nepodložené a fakticky nejasné doporučení k odklonu české energetiky od uhlí. Doložila možnost konce uhlí v roce 2033, ale zvolila většinově rok 2038, který je ekonomicky nerealistický a nezajistí adekvátní podíl ČR na plnění cílů Pařížské klimatické dohody. Navíc po schválení nového evropského cíle pro snížení emisí skleníkových plynů - ke kterému došlo týden po schválení usnesení komise - přestaly platit základní předpoklady, s nimiž pracovalo modelování scénářů útlumu uhlí.
Jana Maussen's presentation from the multi-stakeholder online workshop Making climate action happen (4th Dec 2020).
Jana Maussen's presentation from the networking event for EUKI beneficiaries (3rd Dec 2020, Czech only).
This report, based on direct, first-hand experience from Bankwatch member groups, analyses whether the RRPs being drafted in eight CEE countries are aligned with the European Green Deal objectives according to two indicators: Are citizens and stakeholders sufficiently involved in the drafting of these spending plans? Do the measures currently contained in the spending plans reflect and align with the 2030 targets?
Summary for policymakers: An energy pathway towards 2030 coal phase-out in Czechia. EMBER modeled a pathway to a coal-free Czechia by 2030. Using the hourly power system modelling the study shows how coal can be replaced in power and large-scale heat generation. The objective was to investigate the scale and feasibility of changes necessary to achieve a 2030 coal phase-out. The study was published in order to present the evidence mainly to the the Czech coal commission.
The age of coal in Europe is coming to its end. The decision of Germany, the second largest coal country in the EU, to exit coal is part of this trend and sends an important signal globally. However, while the German coal phase-out provides German coal regions with support to move beyond coal, it also has many weaknesses that other countries seeking to chart their path out of coal should be careful not to replicate. These nine lessons from the German experience can therefore serve as benchmarks for just and timely coal phase- out processes elsewhere.
In view of the in depth analysis of the Commission on NECPs, in this briefing document, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and ZERO – Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System – reiterate their recommendations from the report “PAVE THE WAY FOR INCREASED CLIMATE AMBITION: Opportunities and Gaps in the final National Energy and Climate Plans” in order to describe how the NECPs can contribute to implementing higher climate and energy targets in the EU. This briefing paper also adds on the country assessments of the report previously published by CAN Europe and ZERO, and includes opportunities and gaps for the final Bulgarian, German and Irish NECPs.
The aim of this document is to evaluate the fulfillment of measures provided in the Climate Protection Policy of the Czech Republic (POK, 2017) - a strategic document which was also notified to the European Commission as a national Long-Term Climate Strategy.
A guide to making EU climate funds work for the people - created by CEE Bankwatch Network.
A condition to access the Just Transition Fund is the creation of territorial just transition plans (TJTPs). According to the Fund’s proposal, the purpose of these plans will be to ‘provide an outline of the transition process until 2030, consistent with the National Energy and Climate Plans and the transition to a climate-neutral economy and identify subsequently the most impacted territories that should be supported’. This paper outlines recommendations for the content of each section in the TJTP in order to help countries produce meaningful plans which will ensure that the solutions envisaged for regions are sustainable and fair.
CDE contribution: Zuzana Vondrová
This report highlights investments and measures as listed in NECPs. It proposes new measure which have a great potential to boost climate ambition and a green recovery, and should receive EU and recovery funding as a priority. At the same time, it points out the harmful investments which should not be supported by EU funds in order to avoid a high-emission lock-in and to prevent biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.
Zuzana Vondrová wrote a policy paper on the newly emerging Just Transition Fund for the upcoming discussion of the Prague Climate Talks series. The online debate was organized on 16th June by the Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague, the Eurocentre Ústí nad Labem and the Eurocentre Karlovy Vary under the auspices of the UN Czech Republic.
Kateřina Davidová and Tomáš Jungwirth contributed to the CAN Europe report on the final form of Climate and Energy Plans of EU member states. You can find out how ambitiously the governments of individual countries approach topics such as coal diversion, energy efficiency or renewables in the attached document.
We contributed to the CAN Europe report on the under-utilization of the potential of European funds to support energy transformation.
Local communities are at the forefront of the just transition of coal regions. The CEE Bankwatch Network publication tells the stories of the "heroes" of just transition from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.