Ricardo Energy & Environment, Öko-Institut and VITO held a set of webinars on behalf of DG Climate Action to help strengthen Member States’ capacity to implement policies and meet objectives under the Effort Sharing Regulation.
The first two focussed on implementation of policies in two Effort Sharing sectors: transport and cross-cutting. The third introduced the recently developed guidance document on the ex-post evaluation of policies and measures.
Abstracts for the webinars are included below.
Transport Webinar - Evidence-based policies in the transport sector
Wednesday 3rd June, 15:00-16:00 CEST
This webinar covered the key issues regarding the application of evidence-based policies in the transport sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first part of the webinar introduced attendees to ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of transport policies in line with principles set out in the Better Regulation Guidelines of the European Commission. During this initial part we went through the concept of intervention logic and the key issues to implement a tailored monitoring and data collection strategy for the transport sector. We also provided guidance on how to define indicators for a range of transport policies. The second part of the webinar covered the assessment of GHG emissions impacts from transport policies. We went through the main bottom-up and top-down methodologies, and key modelling tools and data sources available. The third and last part of the webinar illustrated the methods presented in the first two parts with examples representing best practices in the transport sector. From this selection of policies, we presented an example of a completed intervention logic and a set-up of the ASIF (Activity, Share, Intensity, Fuel) framework to assess GHG missions.
Cross-cutting Webinar - Introduction to cross-cutting policies and best-practice examples
Wednesday 10 June, 10:00-11:00 CEST
The webinar aimed to give an introduction to crosscutting polices and to highlight a few best-practice examples. Often the term cross-cutting policies is confusing as there is no clear definition. Some countries classify policies and measures as cross-cutting only if they target all economic sectors, others if they target more than one sector. Moreover, some countries group together different individual policies and measures and classify them as cross-cutting. In these cases, cross-cutting measures include various types of policy instruments. In this webinar, we first defined cross-cutting measures, and discussed the benefits and challenges related to cross-cutting policies compared to sectoral policies. Benefits include the possibility to simultaneously address several parts of an economy, allow for interaction and tackle different target groups at once. Challenges include coordination on a larger scale, depths of intervention and evaluation. The webinar highlighted a few best-practice examples, discussed success factors and pointed towards transferability to other Member States.
Evaluation Webinar - Introduction to ex-post evaluation of climate policies
Tuesday 16th June, 10:00-11:00 CEST
The webinar covered the evaluation guidance developed during the capacity building project to support Member States to further enhance systematic ex-post evaluation of Effort Sharing related policies. The purpose of the webinar was two-fold: on the one hand, to introduce the guidance towards Member States by explaining specific evaluation methodologies, and on the other hand, to encourage Member States to review the latest version of the evaluation guidance. The webinar started by giving a general overview on the guidance, followed by a more in-depth explanation of two evaluation methodologies: indicator analysis and cost-benefit analysis, which are relevant for ex-post evaluation of climate policies and measures. The third part of the webinar demonstrated how Member States’ practices are integrated into the guidance to illustrate evaluation methodologies. It also showed how the bibliography, collected as part of the project, can be used to consult many evaluation studies from EU Member States on Effort Sharing related policies. After the webinar, Member States were invited to give feedback on the evaluation guidance.