EU to name and shame climate plan laggards ‘in the coming days’

(EurActiv, 22 Jan 2020) Just over half of European Union countries have submitted their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) to the European Commission by the 1 January deadline, a senior official has said, warning that the EU executive will soon publish the full list of countries online.

The Commission will publish all the NECPs it has received before the end of the month, said Paula Pinho, head of unit at the Commission’s energy directorate.

“You will be able to find the NECPs in the coming days,” Pinho told climate activists attending a Brussels event on Tuesday (21 January).

“Still this month, you will be able to find them on the Commission website,” she said. “So you will also be able to see the member states who have not notified,” the official said in response to a climate activist who asked where the national plans could be found.

The European Commission has so far refused to name and shame countries that have failed to submit their national energy and climate plans on time. EU countries had until 1 January to submit their final versions but just over half of them have met the deadline.

Notable laggards include Germany, which confirmed earlier this month that it had not yet submitted its plan to Brussels, citing a recent change of course on climate policy.

“Today, we have more than half of the plans,” Pinho said. “We do appreciate the efforts but we’re not there yet and we do need all,” she told the meeting.

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EurActiv, 22 Jan 2020: EU to name and shame climate plan laggards ‘in the coming days’