EEA warns of missing evidence on effectiveness of national climate policies

The number of policies set by EU member states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is increasing, but more evidence is needed on the results they achieve, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a new analysis published on Wednesday.

Between 2017 and 2019, the number of national measures reported to the EEA under the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation increased by about 27%. 

EU countries developed more than 400 new measures, according to the briefing, bringing the total to 1,925. “However, the number of national policies and measures reported by a country is not necessarily related to its level of ambition,” the EEA warned.

Nevertheless, the information reported in 2019 is “better and more complete than in previous years,” in particular on the expected emission savings. Some 23 member states provided “some information” in this regard, the EEA said. 

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