Technical consultations with political undertones – assessment of the 2022 UN Bonn Climate Conference

Technical consultations with political undertones – assessment of the 2022 UN Bonn Climate Conference

Although the recent UN Bonn Climate Change Conference was to be held at a technical level, the negotiating parties were unable to circumvent the major political issues of emissions reduction, financing, and loss and damage. Thus, although serious discussions have taken place, the incoming Czech EU Council Presidency will have ample tasks on its hands, because negotiations need to shift to a higher pace during the autumn in order to respond to the urgency required by climate change. An on-site analysis of the outcomes of the conference by the Green Policy Center.

Ukraine’s accelerated EU accession from a green perspective

Ukraine’s accelerated EU accession from a green perspective

The Russo-Ukrainian war has created a political opportunity for Ukraine to gain admission to the European Union through an accelerated procedure, in contrast to the decades old practice of the past. Apart from the political, economic and security aspects of this situation, our present analysis reviews the climate policy aspects of a possible accession, examining whether the country is adequately prepared for it.

Evaluation of the COP26 Glasgow Climate Conference – meeting and not meeting expectations at the same time

Evaluation of the COP26 Glasgow Climate Conference – meeting and not meeting expectations at the same time

The COP26 in Glasgow did almost everything it could, but in the same time it didn’t. This is a short summary of the outcome of the 26th annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the COP26 in short. We at the Green Policy Center have evaluated the results of the conference shortly below, while the most important topics are explained in more detail in the following article. At the end you can also find a gallery of our personal impressions of the COP26.

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: expectations and implications for the CEE region

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: expectations and implications for the CEE region

The European Commission has long been preparing and feeding information to the public on its new climate instrument to even the international trade playing field for European companies, the so-called Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). After the proposal has been leaked to the press lately, the Green Policy Center had a look at the text to see what it could mean to the CEE region.

On the way to COP26 – Results of the June 2021 intersessional climate meetings

On the way to COP26 – Results of the June 2021 intersessional climate meetings

The latest expert-level meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held from 31 May to 17 June to discuss important issues before the Glasgow COP at the end of this year. It was a session “full of firsts”, the conference was held online and it lasted for three weeks for the first time in the history of international climate negotiations. Moreover, this was the first formal session where no formal decision was made.

It is high time to talk about the details of creating a climate-neutral Hungary

It is high time to talk about the details of creating a climate-neutral Hungary

Legislation stipulates that Hungary would reach the state of climate neutrality by 2050. With this, Hungary was among the first countries in the world to set this important goal in legislation, making it mandatory for all Hungarian stakeholders. Of course, many people do not even understand why climate neutrality is important and what does it actually mean for them.

Fit for 55 – will it be fit for all? Expectation of the CEE region on the new EU climate legislative package

Fit for 55 – will it be fit for all? Expectation of the CEE region on the new EU climate legislative package

The European Council has reaffirmed its invitation to the Commission at its most recent meeting to develop a legislative package to reach the new climate ambitions of the Union – a work already long in the making under the title “Fit for 55”. At the Green Policy Center we have looked into what this new Commission package will include and what could it mean for the CEE countries.

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