The journey to net-zero emissions requires thousands of different policy interventions at all sorts of different times and across all sectors. Similarly, an orchestra is made up of many different instruments - all of which have to play the same tune at the right time! The conductor makes sure that all these different instruments do exactly that. Likewise, a governance framework plays that role in climate policy: it makes sure that all the policies are playing the same tune, working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect and restore nature.
Of course, there are many questions associated with governance of the European Green Deal: What does governance mean and how does it play out in the EU context? Why is it important to consider viewpoints, ideas and needs from different social groups, stakeholders and scientific experts when designing policies – and how to do it? What is the difference between binding instruments, such as laws and non-binding ones, such as strategies? And why are non-binding initiatives still valuable in influencing EU governance landscape?
In the latest “Green Deal – Big Deal?” podcast episode, the hosts Ewa Iwaszuk and Nick Evans from Ecologic Institute discuss these questions, together with their interview guests Claire Dupont (University of Ghent) and Sharon Turner (independent expert associated with European Climate Foundation and University of Sussex). The two guests explain their understanding of EU governance, how it has evolved over the years, and its crucial role in shaping Europe’s future.
New episodes will be released every month and can be accessed online or streamed on popular podcast platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts or Amazon Music. Check out the website for more information on the podcast and webinar series.
Relevant links and documents
- Charting a Path to Net Zero - An assessment of national long-term strategies in the EU - Report
- Making EU Climate Governance Fit for Net zero - Report
Measuring Progress towards Climate Neutrality - Report
- Climate Laws in Europe - Report
- Climate Governance Systems in Europe: the role of national advisory bodies - Report
- Exploring Benefits of Nature Restoration: Policy Briefs to support European decision-making on Nature Restoration Law
Listening to our podcast is nice, but not enough for you? You are in luck! In addition to the podcast series, we are organizing a series of eight online events, targeting young Europeans aged 18-35. The recordings of our first two webinars, “Green Deal – Big Deal for Youth?” and “Farm to Fork: Feeding a continent without wrecking a planet” are now online!
On 6 March, our upcoming webinar: “The EU's carbon-neutral future: Achieving net zero by 2050” will take place. Register here to join our experts Claire Dupont (Ghent University) and Matthias Duwe(Ecologic Institute). Together, we will discuss the central role that climate policy plays in the European Green Deal, exploring how policy can spur innovation and reduce net emissions to zero in Europe.
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Are you interested in environmental issues or European policy? Would you like to understand what the European Green Deal is and how will it impact our lives in the years to come? Check out other episodes of our podcast.
Listening is nice, but not enough for you? You are in luck! In addition to the podcast series, we are organizing a series of eight online events, targeting young Europeans aged 18-35. Enter the dialogue with us and our invited experts. We are keen to hear your questions, suggestions and ideas and discuss them together.