Carbon Market Watch

For fair and effective climate protection.

Civil Society Workshop – The road to a low carbon economy: strengthening the connection between local, national and European climate policy

23 Feb 2017

Invitation PDF (English)Workshop report PDF (English)

Download presentations below:

DAY 1: Intro to European climate policy + focus on Effort Sharing Regulation

Co-decision process: how does EU decision-making work – Cristina Mestre, T&E

General overview of the current EU reform process – the EU ETS – Femke de Jong, CMW

Intro to the Effort Sharing Regulation – Femke De Jong, CMW

Presentation of sectoral good practices Waste in Spain – Héctor de Prado, Friends of the Earth Spain

Good practices in the transport sector at local level in Italy – Gabriele Nanni, Legambiente

Overview of national sectoral policies in Portugal – Francisco Ferreira, Zero

DAY 2: Addressing big industries lobbying at the EU and national levels

Greece: the coal battle – the case of PPC – Nikos Mantzaris, WWF Greece

Portugal: Carbon neutral by 2050 – Francisco Ferreira, Zero

Environmental Justice – Support local communities – Marica Di Pierri, A Sud

The case of the Diesel Gate – Carlos Calvo Ambel, T&E

Splitting industry in the context of the ETS reform – Femke de Jong, CMW


The European Union is currently in the process of renewing its main climate policy tools: the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). This is a key opportunity to ensure that Europe puts itself on the track to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of keeping a global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

The role of Southern and Mediterranean European countries in these processes is important, as they have the power to weigh in favour of ambitious reforms. Facing similar climate challenges at the national level, they can also set an example by promoting innovative and progressive practices that can inform European policy processes, and especially the ESR.

As temperature levels are reported to be already close to a 1° increase, it is crucial that the European Union and its Members States and Regions implement ambitious policies imminently. Only a coherent climate action, where multilevel policies inform each other, will allow to secure ambition.

In this regard, engagement of national and local civil society organisations (CSOs) will be key. On top of raising awareness, they can confront or connect the various policy processes to highlight shortcomings and good practices, as a mean to add pressure on policy makers.

This workshop aims to build the civil society’s understanding and capacity on the EU’s key climate policy tools. This event will also encourage participants to reflect on how the connection between local and European campaigns can provide momentum for more ambitious climate action.

The workshop has the following sub-objectives:

  • Build capacity on the Effort Sharing Regulation and how it can promote and enhance local and national progressive sectoral policies (transport, waste, agriculture and housing sectors)
  • Introduce the European Emissions Trading System and its current reform
  • Share/gather/analyse good practices in Southern and Mediterranean Europe countries and how they can be valued at the European level
  • Design a common and coordinated CSO strategy to exert bottom-up pressure at the European level

Workshop Outline

Number of participants: 30

Duration: 1.5 Day

Location: Madrid, Spain

Language: Workshop will be in English

Who should attend: climate and environment NGO representatives from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Southern France, Spain; academic and research institutions

Fees: Participation is free of charge. Coffee and lunch, and dinner for the first day, is provided. NGO representatives can apply for reimbursement of travel expenses and accommodation costs

The workshop is organized in cooperation with Spanish NGOs based in Madrid


For more information and getting involved, contact