Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continues work on 2030 Energy Community targets methodology

22 March 2019

Yesterday’s third Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continued to focus on defining the methodology for calculating 2030 targets for the Energy Community. The interim report was presented by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Wien, which discussed the upgraded methodology reflecting an ambition level comparable to EU Member States. The Secretariat was invited to continue working on the study with TU Wien, Joanneum and REKK, in close coordination with the European Commission and technical experts from the Contracting Parties. Once refined, the study will propose a range of targets that may be expected under aligned framework conditions in the Contracting Parties, taking into account differences in economic development.

The second session of the meeting focused on integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). Speakers  provided an overview of the ongoing revision process at EU level and shared best practices based on EU Member State experience.  A new guidance on how Contracting Parties could consolidate and efficiently align their multiple climate change and energy planning processes and international obligations into one single process was also presented.

In preparation for the discussions on NECPs, the Energy Community Secretariat, in cooperation with the GIZ project Capacity Development for Climate Policy in the Countries of Southeastern, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia, Phase III (CDCPIII), hosted a workshop on modelling options. Gathering modelling experts from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Klimapolitika and the New Climate Institute (NCI). The workshop served to present, analyse and compare existing modelling tools, available methodologies and data needs, as well as lessons learnt for the preparation of the analytical annex of integrated NECP. 

The Working Group was also the occasion for signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Energy Community Secretariat, GIZ project Capacity Development for Climate Policy and GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-east Europe – Energy Efficiency to strengthen cooperation on supporting the Contracting Parties in the development of their NECPs.