MaxiMiseR - Strategies For A Low Carbon EU By 2050

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The EU has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, and by 80-95% by 2050. 

EU Member States had to produce ‘Low Carbon Development Strategies’ (LCDS) by 2015, to show how they will cut their emissions long-term.

The Paris Agreement on climate change also requires 2050 low-carbon strategies. In the EU, the relevant legislation - the proposed Energy Union governance regulation - is being negotiated. But the Commission's proposal is not yet up to the job. 

Ensuring national 2050 climate strategies are ambitious and developed in a transparent way - with the participation of civil society and stakeholders - is key to meeting the EU’s emissions reductions goals. 

Helping make these climate plans as strong as possible - and seeing how they can be financed through the EU Emissions Trading System - is the aim of the MaxiMiseR project.  

The key activities of the MaxiMiseR project are:

  • We have analysed how Emissions Trading System auctioning revenues are currently spent. Read our press release with the main findings, download the infographic and check out the online tool.
    Smart cash for the climate makes recommendations on how revenues can better support the implementation of Low Carbon Development Strategies. 
  • We have evaluated EU 2050 climate strategies. This is so that  Member States can share knowledge and best practise and improve their own strategies.
  • New data became available during 2017. Therefore we did a second round of evaluation. 13 instead of 11 EU countries had submitted by then a LCDS, though overall the results improved only slightly. 
  • We have produced a guidance report 'Planning to succeed' - with a 'top ten tips' graphic - for Member States and others as they develop 2050 climate strategies.


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