2010 analysis: main findings
The results of the 2010 Climate Policy Tracker emphasised the economic challenges that the country faces. An overall strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that covers all sectors is needed. Except for the forestry sector, policies are not sufficient and based on a piecemeal approach. The carbon effects of policy are not adequately considered. The efficiency standards in the building and energy sectors are low; thus efficiency improvements are economically attractive and substantial reductions in energy use have been achieved. The positive ratings are often due to improvements in the past, not new policies.
The highlights included:
- The implementation of support for renewable electricity production.
- The consistent implementation of a land use strategy; and the practice of sustainable forestry.
- An overall strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed for all sectors. Except for the forestry sector, policies are not sufficient and based on a piecemeal approach.
- Climate and energy policy for the industrial sector is limited. Across Europe, many examples good policy examples to increase energy efficiency in industry can be found – for example through negotiated agreements in combination with tax rebates (see Denmark or Germany)
- Policies for the transport sector are lacking. There is a need to focus on modal shift and a reduction of traffic demand.