Ort: Schloss Freudenstein
Europe faces great challenges in dealing with climatic change. So, the EU has set itself ambitious targets for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions progressively up to 2050. Key climate and energy targets are stipulated in the EU’s ‘2020 climate and energy package’ and ‘2030 climate and energy framework’. Furthermore, an EU strategy on adaptation to climate change aims to make Europe more climate-resilient. The EU seeks to mainstream both mitigation and adaptation into EU sectoral policies and EU funds in order to attain a successful comprehensive policy. In order to overcome the associated challenges, policymakers have to be well informed about the impacts of their policies. Yet, capturing and valuing all relevant impacts and weighing different policy options is a challenging task itself. Different categories of benefits, temporal differences in the occurrence of effects, lacking market-prices for generated values are only some of the many obstacles for a meaningful impact assessment.
The winter school will address and present state-of-the-art concepts and methods to capture and assess impacts of European climate policy in order to improve the scope for well-informed decision-making of policymakers. The school will sensitize the PhD students and postdocs for the complexity faced by European policymakers and researchers concerned with climate policy impacts as well as for the necessity to improve analytical methods in order to better help European policymakers to make well-informed decisions. Furthermore, over five days, the school aims to provide such skills and knowledge to students, which are required for using and applying the relevant assessment concepts and methods. In order to do so, the school includes different elements like lecture parts, workshops, poster exhibitions and an open panel discussion.
At the outset, the broader picture of the climate policy impact side in Europe is presented and it is illustrated that the range and spatial distribution of primary and ancillary benefits tend to vary significantly between different environmental policy measures. Thereafter, the students are introduced to state-of-the-art concepts, methods and tools for the analysis of climate policy benefits. Both monetary (like CBA) and non-monetary (like MCE) assessment methods are considered. It follows an examination of the behavioural approaches helping to identify (material and non-material) benefits perceived by individuals. After we have dealt with these interdisciplinary assessment approaches, the qualitative aspects of different impact categories deserve closer inspection as they may have strategic implications on an international level and these will possibly trigger adverse repercussions on the EU. Therefore, policymakers should be informed about the involved implications. As policies may have long-lasting effects, policymakers should also be made aware of potential consequences for future generations and associated ethical aspects. The school will explore these dimensions of impact assessment, too.