Climate policies need to be socially just to be widely accepted and, therefore, effective in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality
In recent years, the deteriorating climate crisis has underscored the importance of urgent and ambitious action to reduce emissions. To this end, the EU has announced a climate neutrality target for 2050, and launched the European Green Deal.
In the current context marked by a severe energy price hike and the cost-of-living crisis, socioeconomic and environmental considerations have gained growing momentum. New climate policies could exacerbate existing inequalities if the costs and benefits of the transition are not equitably distributed. These current contextual conditions have increased the need for decision-making on climate policies toconsider not only their impact on climate and environment but also on households, communities and society as a whole.
This policy study assesses how the inclusion of social issues in climate policies has evolved during the approximately 12-month period. It focuses primarily on the European Parliament negotiations on four climate policy files that could potentially have significant positive or negative social impacts:
1. the CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles
2. the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)
3. the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)
4. the Emissions Trading System (ETS) for buildings and transport
Certain social issues gained prominence during the parliamentary negotiations of the selected Fit for 55 package files. The results of the quantitative analysis reveal that each of the selected files has a slightly unique focus in terms of social aspects.
The following policy recommendations emerge:
The need to develop equally clear and unified definitions for numerous other social considerations was highlighted by several interviewees.
The potential benefits of the accelerated deployment of renewable energy and enhanced efficiency have become more prominent.
The need to ensure that the benefits from interventions, such as subsidies to improve energy efficiency and to increase renewable energy deployment by households, will accrue to those who need them most.
Social issues have increased in prominence during the parliamentary negotiations of the selected Fit for 55 package files, largely due to changing economic and geopolitical circumstances as well as the growing impacts of the climate crisis.
The EU’s Fit for 55 package could have the potential to drive a socially just transformation towards a climate-neutral economy. However, to deliver on this, it is more important than ever to strengthen solidarity among the member states and embed social considerations into the key climate policy files.
Socialistas europeos reclaman que la Europa social sea la prioridad de la futura Comisión
by EuroEFE 09/11/2023
'European socialists demand that social Europe be the priority for the future Commission' article about the 'Champions of progress: Progressives go the extra mile for Social Europe!' side event organized by FEPS and PES
A szociális unió imperatívusza
by Új Egyenlőség 09/09/2023
'The imperative of Social Union'. Article about FEPS book 'Europe’s Social Integration: Welfare Models and Economic Transformations' by László Andor.
Just Transition: A new social contract for wellbeing of people and planet
by Euractiv 11/07/2023
Euractiv's article ahead of the high-level expert meeting on Just Transition in Valladolid, organized by FEPS, Solidar, and other think tanks and civil society organizations.
A szmogtól és a mikroműanyagoktól rettegő magyarok akkor vehetők rá a zöldítésre, ha egyénileg jól járnak
by Qubit 22/05/2023
'Hungarians who fear smog and microplastics can be persuaded to go green if they are doing well individually' article about FEPS policy study 'Talking green in Hungary'Hungary', in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions
Other cookies are used for Advertisement and Analytics (Sharing on social networks, video playing, analysis and statistics, personalized advertising ...) You can refuse them if you want to. REJECTACCEPTCookie settings