The climate policy tracker is a comprehensive review of policies of EU member states that affect greenhouse gas emissions. It provides an overview of the policy situation of each member state broken down by sector and policy area. In addition, it provides a rating to measure the impact of these climate policies, via 83 indicators. The indicators do not only measure whether policies directed at emission reduction are in place, but also whether counterproductive policies and barriers for emission reduction are adequately removed.
The Climate Policy Tracker for the European Union has three main goals:
- Creating transparency on what is being done vs. what would need to be done.
- Contributing to public discussion.
- Stimulating action.
The next ten years are crucial in establishing whether society will be able to meet the ‘two degree’ limit agreed by the EU. The question is not, “how can we achieve short-term reductions at the lowest cost”, but, “can the policies initiate a long-term structural shift towards a zero-carbon economy”. The evaluation of past performance is important to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of measures, to learn about their driving forces and adjust policies accordingly.