Choosing Efficient Combinations of Policy Instruments for Low-carbon development (CECILIA 2050)
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. 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 public acceptance, 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 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. To ensure policy relevance and mobilise practitioners’ knowledge, the project engages with stakeholders in different way. Due to the fact that economic instruments are in the focus of the analysis within CECILIA the GWS will be responsible for the coordination of all modeling related quantitative activities and will provide extended scenario based results using the GINFORS model.


Meyer, B., Meyer, M. & Distelkamp, M. (2014): Macroeconomic routes to 2050. CECILIA2050 WP3 Deliverable 3.3, Osnabrück.
Contracting entity:
European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
Cooperation partner:
Ecologic Institut, University College London (UK), Leiden University (NL), Charles University in Prague (CZ), Free University Amsterdam (NL), University of Warsaw (PL), Basque Centre for Climate Change (ES), University of Ferrara (IT) sowie die Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et de Sciences Humaines (SMASH, Paris).
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