Knowledge and policy transfer on climate policy: FP7 POLIMP final conference


The POLIMP project aimed to mobilise and transfer knowledge on post-2012 climate policy by identifying knowledge gaps and their implications for policy- and decision-makers, internationally and in the EU. The final conference of this FP7 project took place at CEPS on 21 April 2016, under the heading “The Future of EU Climate Policy after Paris”, in the presence of climate experts from the European Commission, research institutes and the private sector.

The conference focused on two issues: the assessment of opportunities for mutual learning from the design and implementation of global climate policies, and how EU climate policy needs to evolve after the Paris climate summit (COP21). In order to reach the increasingly stringent targets and guide efforts towards a low-carbon economy post-Paris, awareness raising and public acceptance have become even more critical. With climate policies steadily rolling out at the national, regional and global level, ample opportunities for cooperation, knowledge and policy transfer are emerging. Lessons learned in national and regional contexts are generating a wealth of tested climate policies options that can be further improved through enhanced cooperation and communication. Joint knowledge creation and mutual learning can thus be seen as the next step to a more effective ‘next generation’ of climate policies.

One of the key outputs of POLIMP is an online platform called Climate Policy Info Hub (, which explores the impact and implications of international and EU climate policy for decision-makers in policy, business and civil society.

Some of the highlights of the conference can be viewed on the POLIMP website, including recordings of the different sessions.