The European Commission is busy preparing a new long-term climate strategy. With it should come a pan-European debate on how quickly the bloc must reach net 0 emissions, how to bring everyone on board and on which technologies and pathways to focus on.
The articles in this newsletter explore what climate strategies can and cannot do. We set out benchmarks for what the new climate strategy will need to succeed. We look back at the last European attempt at a roadmap, back in 2011, and chart the remarkable changes since it was published. But we are also looking forward at the potential role of renewable gas and the politics of roadmaps in general.
The bottom line is clear: roadmaps are powerful tools to trigger change, but they are only as influential as the frameworks they are embedded in.
Thank you for reading.
Quentin Genard, Senior Policy Advisor