The scientific and technical project objectives of POLIMP are presented below:
- Identify knowledge gaps on the implications for EU stakeholders of possible directions of climate policy making during the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and, after that, as aresult of negotiations under the “Durban Platform”.
- Collect and synthesize knowledge of possible climate policy directions and their implications in terms of: governance (centralized multilateral or scope for decentralized, bilateral climate actions), applicability of all current policy mechanisms in climate agreements, such as market based mechanisms (ETS, CDM, JI, DOs etc), embedding of climate change priorities in countries’ national economic, environmental and social priorities in NAMAs, Low Emission Development Strategies, National Adaptation Plans, and potential for and support of international low emission and climate resilient technology transfer within different sectors (energy, transport, industry, land use and forestry).
- With these information packages, support policy and decision makers in taking well informed decisions, thereby reducing uncertainties and mitigating the risk that decisions are taken against poorly-understood climate policy contexts, and build awareness among the society as a whole ofcosts and opportunities of future climate policies.
- Track down links between the outcome of the UNFCCC negotiations and EU-level and domestic policy actions in selected country-parties and explore how different UNFCCC climate policydirections would impact these policy actions.
- Facilitate communication among various research components and knowledge dissemination among various stakeholder groups.
POLIMP will support the formulation of shared visions on future climate policy developments by organizing a structured debate that will lead to the following achievements:
- Ensuring that participation to the debates involves the wider possible range of stakeholders groups,
- Concentrating on a limited set of targeted priorities, so that the discussions staged in the workshops can revolve around a clearly identified focus,
- Limiting the size of the thematic groups, so that contributors have a real chance of voicing their views, and
- Ensuring extended geographical coverage and representation in all activities, thanks to the participation to the network activities of experts from most EU Member States.