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CECILIA2050: Choosing Efficient Combinations of Policy Instruments for Low-carbon development and Innovation to Achieve Europe's 2050 climate targets

CECILIA2050: Choosing Efficient Combinations of Policy Instruments for Low-carbon development and Innovation to Achieve Europe's 2050 climate targets



European Comission, 7th Framework Programme

Project duration

September 2012 to August 2015

Coordinator of the project in CUEC

Mgr. Milan Ščasný, Ph.D.

Project partners

Consortium consists of ten European partners and is coordinated by Ecologic Institute for International and European Environmental Policy (ECOLOGIC INSTITUTE). Quantitative research coordinator is Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung (GWS), which is also responsible for modelling of economic impacts by macro-econometric model GINFORS . Further, we collaborate mainly with Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Energy Institute at University College London (UCL) or Warsaw Ecological Economics Centre (UW).

Project description

The CECILIA2050 project analyses the performance of existing climate policy instruments and their interaction, and maps pathways for the evolution of the instrument mix in Europe in long run horizon until 2050. It describes ways to improve the economic efficiency and environmental effectiveness of the instrument mix, and to address constraints that limit their performance or feasibility. These include analysis of public acceptance of policies and their instruments, availability of finance and the physical infrastructure, but also the administrative and legal framework. The first, backward-looking part of the project, takes stock of the existing instrument mix in the EU and its Member States, and assesses their coherence and past performance. It describes which factors determine their efficiency and effectiveness, and measures their effects on equity, innovation and competitiveness. The second, forward-looking part of the project maps pathways towards a more ambitious policy mix for 2030 and 2050, starting from the current EU climate policy. With economic instruments at the heart of the mix, it describes and models how the instrumentation could evolve, based on scenarios of the magnitude of change required for the low-carbon transformation. To this end, it combines the state of the art modelling tools with qualitative and participatory methods. To complement the EU-level analysis, the effects of EU climate policies are quantified at the global level.

Research activities of CUEC within the project

The objectives of research activities of the Department of Environmental Economics and Sociology are to:
• take stock of the existing instrument mix to mitigate climate change in the Czech Republic (WP1.2)
• assess interaction between instruments and the ‘optimality’ of the current instrument mix by comparing the external costs and their internalisation by market-orientated instruments (WP1.3)
• analyse impacts and limitations of the current instrument mix in transport sector (WP2.3)
• examine public acceptance of current policies (WP2.5) and examine public acceptance of prospected policies including analysis of individual preferences and willingness to pay for specific policy attributes (WP4.8)
• contribute to scenario requirements 2030 and 2050 (WP3.2)
• analyse distributional impact of policies by means of a EU-wide newly developed micro-simulation model DASMOD and examine the links between the micro-simulation and macro-econometric global model (WP4.7)
• examine public acceptance of prospected policies and analyse individual preferences for specific policy attributes (WP4.8)

Project outputs

Zvěřinová I., Ščasný M., Kyselá E. (2014) What Influences Public Acceptance of the Current Policies to Reduce GHG Emissions? WP2 Deliverable 2.5. Prague, Charles University Environment Center. Full text