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Stakeholder Working Groups

The European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) is the Commission’s main instrument to discuss and prepare the further development of the EU’s climate policy. The Second European Climate Change Programme, as the first ECCP, is a stakeholder driven programme involving working groups that meet at various stages and are composed of a limited number of Member States experts, representatives of relevant business sectors, NGOs, academic experts and Commission staff.

 

ECCP II Working Groups

Working Group 1: ECCP I Review

Working Group 1 has 5 topical groups, namely:

  • Energy Supply
  • Energy Demand
  • Transportation
  • Non-CO2 Gases (from energy, waste and industry)
  • Agriculture and Forestry

Working Group 2: Impacts and Adaptation

ECCP Impact and Adapation logo

Working Group 2 consists of 10 sectoral groups, namely:

  • Building national strategies for adaptation (country reports)
  • Impacts on water cycle and water resources management and prediction of extreme events
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Biodiversity
  • Human health
  • Regional planning, built environment, public and energy infrastructure, Structural funds
  • Marine resources and coastal zones and tourism
  • Urban planning and construction
  • Role of insurance industry
  • Development cooperation

Primary objectives of the ECCP I review working group were to review the implementation of climate change related EU-wide policies and measures, to assess their concrete implementation in the Member States and the resulting actual and projected emission reductions, as well as to identify new opportunities for potential emission reductions.

In brief, the general assessment of the ECCP I showed many differences of implementation in the Member States. It also indicated that the existing database is, as yet, not detailed enough to fully assess the impacts of individual policies and measures on greenhouse gas emissions in thorough quantitative manner. In an attempt to fill this gap the Commission is planning some further methodological work to start in 2007. Thus, the working groups in many instances had to limit their discussions to rather qualitative assessments which included the opportunities for further development of EU climate change policies.

Working Group 3: Carbon Capture and Geological Storage

Working Group 4: Aviation

Working Group 5: Integrated approach to reduce CO 2 emissions from light-duty vehicles

Working Group 6: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships

The objective of the group is to provide input to the Commission in its work to develop and assess options for the inclusion of international maritime transport in the EU's greenhouse gas reduction commitment.

The group will be asked to provide input to, inter alia, the following indicative list of topics:

  • Monitoring
  • Scope
  • Enforcement
  • Maintaining and enhancing competitiveness
  • Use of revenues from market-based measures
  • Evasion
  • Stimulation of action by others
  • Economic impacts
  • Level of reductions
  • Access to emissions reductions from other sectors (and vice-versa)

Sharing documents

To facilitate maximum stakeholder participation, a "Circa" website has been set up, where  documents from the working group meetings are posted.

You can also find useful documents by clicking on the "Documentation" tab (top of this page) and on the "Read more" section (right-hand column).

In addition, any stakeholder can post documents of interest by e-mailing them to: Env-eccpii-registration@ec.europa.eu