PlanUp tracks the development of National Energy & Climate Plans in five EU Member States: Spain, Italy, Poland, Romania and Hungary. To support rapid decarbonisation in Europe the project promotes good practices in the transport, agriculture and building sector and fosters dialogue on low-carbon policymaking between local, regional and national authorities, civil society organizations and academia.

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The impacts of climate change are already being adversely felt across the globe. Tackling this challenge within Europe and beyond will require substantial reductions in carbon emissions across all sectors of the economy, alongside a rapid transition to a zero-carbon energy mix. In the coming years, European Union Member States will each need to develop National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). These plans will show how each member aims to deliver their 2030 climate and energy commitments.

"Ambitious NECPs are crucial to fulfil Europe’s 2050 climate commitment"

What are our main objectives?

  • Build capacity of Local Authorities  and Civil Society Organisations to engage in the development and implementation of NECPs
  • Stimulate coordination between local, regional and national authorities on climate mitigation actions
  • Ensure dissemination of good practices and promote well designed, climate-friendly sectoral policies
  • Improve the understanding of economic and social benefits of climate mitigation actions through the increased uptake of quantitative modelling tools

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What are the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and why are they important?

Through  National Climate Plans your country has the potential of turning the Paris Agreement into tangible actions, act as capital raising instruments and involve citizens, civil society and local authorities in key issues of the climate and energy transition that will affect us all.

All European Member States have energy and climate commitments and they will also have to develop their own strategy to fulfil them. Objectives, policies, targets, and measures from city planning to agricultural subsidies, public transport infrastructure, building renovations and waste collection will be outlined in the NECPs.

For this reason, the decisions under the NECPs will determine not only how many greenhouse gas emissions will be cut up to 2030, but, most importantly, can also set in motion the crucial transition to carbon-free societies.

What are the targets that Member States should “PlanUp” to?

The EU did not enforce a stringent set of rules to dictate how countries are supposed to meet climate and energy targets [1]. The Energy Union Governance Regulation simply sets 3 clear targets that the EU has to meet: at least 40% cuts in domestic greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels); at least 32% share for renewable energy; and at least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency.

However, despite representing an improvement compared to 2020 targets, they are not ambitious enough for the EU to deliver on its commitments under the Paris Agreement. That’s why strong and inclusive NECPs are so important! Member States have the crucial opportunity to aim high and make NECPs a real tool to step up their climate ambition across Europe.

[1] http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/PE-55-2018-INIT/en/pdf

When do Member States have to develop NECPs?

In May 2018, the EU settled the timeline, process, planning, reporting requirements of NECPs.
The first draft of NECPs is due to the 31st of December 2018. Once the draft is ready, it is submitted to the European Commission for review and recommendations. The reviewed draft will then be finalised by each Member State by end of December 2019 and implemented. NECPs will be reviewed and updated every 5 years.

NECPs Timeline

What does a NECP look like?

Overview of the process followed for establishing the NECP

Description of national energy and climate targets


  • Description of the planned foreseen policies as well as an overview of investments needed to meet the targets
  • Description of the current situation of the 5 dimensions of the Energy Union[1] with already existing policies
  • A description of the barriers on delivering the targets related to renewable energy and energy efficiency


  • Assessment of the impact of planned policies to meet the targets including their consistency with the Paris Agreement objectives and the long-term strategies
  • The macroeconomic and (to the extent feasible) health, environmental and social impact of the planned policies (+methodology)
  • Projections for each of the 5 dimensions of the Energy Union to result from both existing and planned policies

[1] Energy security; the internal energy market; energy efficiency; decarbonisation; and research, innovation and competitiveness

How are countries progressing towards their greenhouse gas emission targets ?

The latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report clearly shows that we are running out of time to avoid catastrophic climate change. According to the latest available data of the European Environment Agency[1], the measures and policies currently accounted in national projections will not be enough to achieve the EU’s emission reduction target of at least 40% by 2030 (compared with 1990 levels). This means that most EU countries will need to step-up their efforts and set-out new or strengthened policies and measures to fulfil their obligations.

[1] https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

[2] https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/increase-in-eu-greenhouse-gas

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Polish Green Network

The Polish Green Network is a national alliance of 11 environmental and sustainable development NGOs based in the largest Polish cities. The main areas of its activities concern building support and advocating for environmental and social justice within sustainable development, climate protection, and air quality, establishing social control mechanisms over public funds and providing development assistance in the Global South and Eastern Europe.

ISD Foundation

The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) Foundation is a non-governmental think-tank type organization which was founded in 1990 on the initiative of few members of the Polish Ecological Club. ISD works for the promotion and implementation of the principles and solutions which contribute to Poland’s sustainable development.


ECODES - FUNDACIÓN ECOLOGIA Y DESARROLLO - is a Spanish non-profit and independent organization founded in 1992, which aims to act in favor of sustainable development in economic, social and environmental dimensions. ECODEStalks and collaborates with stakeholders in the implementation of actions that promote sustainable development and social change. Its work is based on professional reflection that brings a critical and innovative vision.ECODES wants to be an influential organization with an impact, able to mobilize an increasing number of actors willing to catalyze change.

Clean Air Action Group

The Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) is one of the best-known non-governmental organizations in Hungary that deal with the protection of the environment. It was established in 1988. Its Experts’ Committee consists of 60 specialists of various professions. CAAG received the Hungarian Prize NGO of the Year 2006. The main fields of activities of the CAAG are the following: sustainable urban development, sustainable transport, sustainable energy policy (especially related to buildings), and greening the state budget. CAAG’s activities include public awareness raising, consulting, research, publishing and advocacy at the local and national levels.

Fundatia ADEPT

Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania (ADEPT) was established in November 2004 as a non-profit organisation with the objective of conserving the biodiversity of the important man made landscapes of Transylvania using an integrated approach: scientific studies of species and habitats, suitable levels of protection, biodiversity-friendly management developed with local input and support.

GEC Bucovina

GEC Bucovina Is an NGO based in Romania that works very actively to promote interdisciplinary collaboration on environmental issues. Their main priorities are: a) increasing awareness and involving the civil society in decisions concerning environmental issues and their solutions; b) consultancy in environmental problems and ecological expertise; c) implementing the Industrial Symbiosis paradigm in the mainframe of EU Circular Economy Initiative; d) environmental conflicts mediation.


Legambiente is an Italian non-profit organization founded in 1980. It’s the most prominent and widespread environmental association in Italy with two headquarters in Rome and Milan, 20 regional coordination offices and more than 600 local groups of volunteers. Legambiente is a pacifist and independent movement and is not related to any Italian party or institution. It’s supported by more than 115,000 members, donors and by projects and businesses that are in line with the organization’s principles. Legambiente acts at local, national and EU level to lobbying for sustainable development, green economy and climate change mitigation and adaptation, working together with consumers' associations, private companies, trade unions, and policy-makers to find a shared way towards a sustainable economy and way of life.


Dries Acke

Director for the Energy Systems Programme

Dries is the Director for the Energy Systems Programme at the European Climate Foundation in Brussels. Dries carried forward the ECF’s flagship Roadmap 2050 and Energy Union Choices projects and now heads ECF’s activities on EU energy policy. Previously, Dries worked at Apple, Inc. in the EMEA Public Affairs department. He holds an M.A. in Contemporary History from the Catholic University of Brussels and Leuven, Belgium, and was awarded a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the Karl-Rüprecht University in Heidelberg, Germany. As a Belgian and native Dutch speaker, Dries also masters English and French and has a good level of German and Italian.


Piia Karjalainen

Senior Manager at ERTICO

Piia Karjalainen is currently working as Senior Manager for MaaS Alliance at ERTICO, promoting new mobility services. She is based in Brussels. Previously she has been working for the European Parliament as an advisor for transport, environmental and energy policies and at the Finnish Ministry of Transport & Communications. She has been working her whole career in different positions related to transport mainly with transport strategies, ITS, Mobility as a Service, policymaking and EU regulation She holds a Master of Science in Economics.


Faustine Bas-Defossez

Co-Head of Agriculture and Land Management Programme at IEEP

She is an expert on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and its environmental and climate impacts. Prior to IEEP, she worked for more than seven years at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) where she was leading the work on the CAP reform post 2013 and its greening. Not only she was coordinating all the analysis on the environmental and climate performance of the CAP for the EEB, she was also coordinating the work for more than 20 national EEB members on the CAP implementation and chaired DG AGRI Environment and climate change civil society dialogue group for two consecutive years. Within the EEB she also led the work on the integration of agriculture into the climate agenda. Prior to her experience at the EEB, Faustine worked for about two years at the European Commission, DG AGRI.


Paula Alves

Coordinator of the Governance Programme

City of Lisbon and coordinator of the governance programme of the Climate Change Adaptation Municipal Strategy; fostering a participative citizenship of the community and a collective capacity building. Has been working for the last 20 years in building bridges between the civil society and decision makers, which are embedded in participative processes, designing, implementing and assessing national and local measures, based on the proximity between citizens and territory. She holds a degree in Social Work and a Master on Social Economics and Policy.


Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

Research Fellow at Jacques Delors Institute

Thomas Pellerin-Carlin joins the Jacques Delors Institute in 2015. He now works as the Head of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre and as a Jacques Delors Institute research fellow. He works on the European Union energy policy, with a focus on innovation and climate change.
He also works on the Energy Union (with Jean-Arnold Vinois), the social dimension of the energy transition (with Sofia Fernandes), clean mobility (with Emilie Magdalinski) and on the Horizon 2020 ENABLE.EU project on energy choices (with Emilie Magdalinski). Thomas also teaches at the College of Europe Energy Union Training Programme, at the Sorbonne, and the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University. He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Council of the European University Institute’s Florence School of Regulation. Thomas studied political science and holds a MA from the College of Europe’s Master in European Political and Administrative Studies, Bruges (2012-2013, Václav Havel Promotion) and an MA from Sciences-Po Lille (2007-2012, Promotion George Orwell).

Carbon Market Watch has over five years’ experience in influencing the EU’s climate policy developments with the unique combination of technical policy expertise and bottom-up pressure through our strategic partnerships. Our mission is to ensure that environmental market based mechanisms contribute to the fight against climate change. We work to uncover policy loopholes and uphold standards that protect the environmental and social integrity of carbon markets and other climate mitigation instruments. Since 2013, Carbon Market Watch has been closely involved in the implementation of the Effort Sharing Decision through the organisation of policy events, the commissioning of reports and the drafting of policy briefings. Over the last year, Carbon Market Watch was responsible for the coordination of the Effort Sharing Regulation campaign in Brussels. In this context, two regional workshops (e.g. Eastern-Europe and Southern Europe) were organised and an EU’s climate policy guide was developed to develop capacity at the national level and explore synergies between the EU and national level.

Elisa Martellucci

Project Manager

Elisa is Project Manager of the Life Plan UP project. She is responsible for the overall coordination of the project. Before joining the CMW team she worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) where she has been extensively involved in several EU funded research projects on employment and education. She holds a master degree in Political Science from the Free University for Social Studies (LUISS) in Rome.

Sam Van den plas

Policy Director

Sam Van den plas is Policy Director at Carbon Market Watch. He is in charge of CMWs European and International policy strategy, positioning and advocacy outreach. As a senior member of the PlanUp team, he provides guidance and oversight of the project. Sam worked previously with WWF, where he focused on advocacy work towards the European institutions and linking the organisation's network in Europe to the EU legislative and policy-making cycles on climate and energy issues. His main areas of expertise include EU climate policy, carbon markets, the EU Emissions Trading System and industrial decarbonisation. 

Agnese Ruggiero

Policy Officer

Agnese works on EU climate governance and long-term climate strategy, providing analysis and policy input to the PlanUp project. Before joining Carbon Market Watch, she worked as campaign manager at the International Society of Nephrology where she gained extensive experience in advocacy and awareness raising. Agnese is very passionate about policies that affect individuals and believes that everyone can make a positive contribution, no matter how small.

Miriam Vicente Marcos

Community Manager

Miriam is at the very core of the PlanUp community: newsletter coordinator and editor; social media manager; debating climate moderator and multimedia producer. She gives creative assistance and develops and implements the planup’s digital media strategy. Miriam graduated with a communications degree at the University of Murcia and holds a master in Marketing, Branding and Communications from Brighton University with a special focus on social and environmental marketing. She is always striving for new ideas, share yours with her here.

Kaisa Amaral

Communication Director

Kaisa is your contact person for media enquiries ➜ kaisa.amaral@carbonmarketwatch.org She is also responsible for planning and implementing media strategies and overseeing the development of different communication materials for PlanUp. A graduate from the University of Turku, Kaisa used to work at the European Commission’s citizens’ information service and in the press service of the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union.

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities in energy transition. The association represents about 1,000 members from 30 countries.
Its main objectives are to:

  • Strengthen local authorities’ role and skills in the field of sustainable energy.
  • Represent their interests and influence the EU policies in the fields of urban policy, energy, transport and environmental protection.
  • Develop and promote cities’ initiatives through exchange of experiences, transfer of know-how and implementation of joint projects.

David Donnerer

Policy officer

David Donnerer works as EU policy and communication officer at Energy Cities, the European network of local authorities in energy transition. He is French-Austrian and holds a master degree in international relations from Aarhus University in Denmark. Within LIFE PlanUp, he is responsible for facilitating the development of a multi-layer governance framework within the national energy and climate plans in the project’s 5 focus countries.

Francisco Gonçalves

Project Manager

With MSc in Environmental Engineering, PMP and IPMVP certified, with strong work experience in urban sustainable energy management - energy efficiency and renewable energy. Francisco is an expert in EU Funding & EU Project Management (8 years in Lisboa E-Nova; Lisbon's Environment and Energy Agency). Important international work and academic experiences. At the moment, managing urban sustainability and smart cities projects in Energy Cities.

Transport & Environment’s mission is to promote, at EU and global level, a transport policy based on the principles of sustainable development. Transport policy should minimise harmful impacts on the environment and health, maximise efficiency of resources, including energy and land, and guarantee safety and sufficient access for all. Established in 1990, T&E represents 50 organisations from 26 countries across Europe, mostly environmental groups and campaigners working for sustainable transport policies at national, regional and local level. We add value through the sharing of knowledge, ideas and networks. We have contributed to a number of high-profile EU policy changes such as binding standards for more fuel efficient cars and vans and more sustainable biofuels; inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS, introduction of green tyre labels, and smarter EU rules on the way lorries can be charged and designed.

James Nix

Director, Freight and Climate

James Nix is Freight and Climate Director at T&E. With more than 50 civil society member organisations from across Europe, T&E works to advance cleaner and safer transport. James is a senior member of the PlanUp team, providing guidance and oversight of the project. James' previous roles include director of Green Budget Europe and director of Ireland's national trust, known as An Taisce. James has also served as a non-executive director of Ireland’s state railway company, Irish Rail (2012-2015), and as a T&E board member (2015-2017). He holds qualifications in transport, law and real estate development.

Cristina Mestre

Policy Officer

Cristina is climate and biofuels policy officer at Transport & Environment (T&E). She joined T&E in 2015 and has been involved in EU policy campaigns advocating for cleaner transport since. Before T&E, Cristina worked for ACR+, an association of European cities and regions promoting recycling and resource efficiency and also spent some time at the European Commission's department for Environment as a Blue Book Stagiaire. She holds a degree on Environmental Sciences and a masters degree on management of Environmental, Quality and Safety systems. Besides her native Spanish, Cristina speaks English, French and a bit of Dutch.

Pierre Dornier

Communication Officer

Pierre is Communications and Network Coordinator at T&E, the leading campaign group for sustainable transport in Europe. He is also Vice-President of Bruxsel'Air, an association that combat air pollution in Brussels, as well as Board Member of Inter-Environnement Wallonie, a federation that gathers 150 environmental organisations for a greener future in Wallonia.

CLIMACT is a consultancy founded in 2007 whose mission is to help organizations to reduce their impact on the climate. With an established reputation of professionalism, expertise and integrity, CLIMACT counts among his clients small and medium-sized enterprises, private actors, NGO, public authorities and local communities. CLIMACT offers services from the prospective study such as energy & low-carbon roadmap, to reduction strategy, carbon balance and life cycle analysis, to be pursued by a legal assistance and a Third Party Financing activity. CLIMACT bases his activities on a deep understanding of the institutional, economic, technical and social challenges, and has already worked for various geographies.

Julien Pestiaux


Julien Pestiaux leads the long-term energy and climate strategies. His broad and recognized European expertise on energy systems contributes to various consulting projects.

He will be overseeing the input from Climact and ensuring it connects to the other projects where Climact is already active like the European Calculator.

Benoit Martin

Benoît Martin is a consultant. He leads various projects for public and private customers. His expertise covers energy modelling, carbon footprint and data analytics.

As a modeler in the European Calculator project, he will support the PlanUp team and the various project stakeholders in using this quantification tool.

The EEB has been engaging with European Commission activities aimed at promoting effective implementation of EU legislation in specific areas for more than 40 years.
In this context, experts take part in technical working groups and or in committees initiated by the Commission. The EEB facilitates contacts between the Commission and national environmental Organisations. EEB’s Work on the EU policy agenda for energy and climate include participation in the consultations to the climate and clean energy package as well as intensive work on the link of energy efficiency, agriculture and circular economy to ensure the necessary incorporation within the 2030 Effort-Sharing regulation with the intention of maximising the climate change mitigation potential of the buildings, waste and agriculture sector while avoiding perverse outcomes.

Berenice Dupeux

Policy Officer for Agriculture

Bérénice is the agricultural policy officer for the European Environmental Bureau. She holds a phD in Agricultural economics from Ghent University in Belgium, she has also a Master degree in International Development and Rural Policy from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and she is an agricultural engineer from Institut national polytechnique de Toulouse, France. Before joining the EEB she worked as a researcher at Ghent University and conduct some research at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright-Schuman scholar.

Davide Sabbadin

Climate and Circular Economy Policy Officer

Davide tries to bridge the gap between CE policies and Climate policies to decarbonize industry and the heating sector. He is also working on climate sequestration in buildings and on the development of the batteries sector. In the past he has been working for a long time at Legambiente, in the fields of energy efficiency, refrigerant gases and circular economy. He has worked extensively at local level for the Covenant of Mayors and on national and local energy efficiency policies. In PlanUp, among other things, he will be responsible for the definition and promotion of best practices of NECPs. He holds a master’s degree in political sciences from the University of Padua, Italy, and he likes to bike his way through Europe on holidays. He’s also interested in trekking, rhymes and trains.

Emily Macintosh

Communication Officer

Emily work in the communications team at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). She previously worked as a press officer for the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the European Parliament. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University. She speaks English and French.


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Project details

Countries Spain, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Romania
Supported by     EU LIFE programme of the European Union
European Climate Foundation
The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Duration 1 July 2018 – 1 July 2021
Budget 1,544,343 Euros (EU LIFE Contribution: 926,605€)

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