Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3 How Do the Mechanics of Europe's Climate Policy Work?


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How Do the Mechanics of Europe's Climate Policy Work?
by the ENTRACTE project team
Environment - Video

Preventing dangerous climate change is one of the top priorities of the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and to help fight climate change. Re3 is pleased to publish an animated short film released by the EU-funded ENTRACTE project to help raise awareness on this topic.

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The EU research project on the Economic iNsTRuments to Achieve Climate Targets in Europe (ENTRACTE), funded by the European Commission, assesses the EU's climate policy portfolio.

In order to optimize the policy mix, it is crucial to provide a deep understanding of how climate policy instruments interact with each other and with related policy instruments.

In particular, ENTRACTE looks at the European Union Emissions Trade System (EU ETS) taking into account its interaction with additional policy instruments, such as energy efficiency standards, renewable policies, etc.

Practical barriers in the implementation like information asymmetry, uncertainty, political and legal constraints as well as behavioural aspects are considered. The project’s ultimate goal is to provide pragmatic guidance to policy makers for designing effective, cost efficient and politically and legally feasible climate policy portfolios needed to achieve medium-term and long-term greenhouse gas reduction targets in Europe.

In order to achieve a synthesis of research results by identifying strengths and weaknesses of different instrument mixes, ENTRACTE brings together eight internationally renowned research teams from all over Europe, including well-known research organisations and a small and medium sized enterprise (SME).

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei is a partner in this project, leading the research on the role of innovation policies, and contributing to the research on topics such as the rebound effects and the measurement of policy stringency.

The ENTRACTE consortium has produced an animated short film, aiming to provide the public with a better understanding of its research work and raising awareness on the research topic. Over several months a film team developed a story about environmental issues and climate policy instruments applied within the EU. The film story is narrated around two main characters, the “Climate Policy” and “ENTRACTE” to exemplify issues with emissions trading and renewable energies.


Responsible for the concept and implementation of the film was the ENTRACTE partner Eurice in cooperation with the coordinating institution ZEW and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Institute for Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.