Climate Policy Updates - September 2022
As part of the 8th Environment Action Programme’s new Monitoring Framework, new headline indicators have been presented to track the EU’s progress on its 2030 environment and climate goals
At the end of July, the European Commission presented a list of headline indicators for monitoring progress towards the EU's environment and climate goals to 2030, as well as the 2050 long-term vision to ‘live well, within planetary boundaries’.
The new Monitoring Framework under the 8th Environment Action Programme is the result of intense consultation with stakeholders and Member States. As part of an expert workshop in 2021, CEEweb also contributed to the discussion on the potential headline indicators. The new monitoring framework aims to foster transparency and inform Europeans about the impact of EU climate and environmental policy. The headline indicators include the 2-3 most policy relevant and statistically robust indicators for each of the thematic priority objectives to 2030, covering climate mitigation, climate adaptation, circular economy, zero pollution, and biodiversity. The list furthermore includes five indicators to measure progress towards addressing the main environmental and climate pressures, and indicators to monitor progress towards the main enabling conditions, covering sustainable finance, the ‘polluters-pay principle', and phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies.
As EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has stated: “Policies are only as good as their implementation”. With the help of the selected headline indicators, the Commission will report annually on the progress made, based on stocktaking done by the European Environment Agency from 2023 onwards. This reporting will facilitate an annual exchange between the Commission, the Member States, and the European Parliament to be held in accordance with the 8th Environmental Action Programme. In addition, the Commission will conduct two in-depth assessments during the lifespan of the programme – a mid-term review in 2024 and a final evaluation in 2029.
You can access the official communication on the monitoring framework here.