Scope & Objectives:
With a deal on the EU’S 2030 climate and energy policies foreseen in October 2014, this conference drew on the results of the APRAISE project to assess how past experience in environmental policy making can contribute to more informed decisions for the future. In particular, the conference highlighted that climate and energy policies are not formulated within an isolated policy context but implemented in existing (market) systems. Improved understanding of these systems contributes to policy effectiveness and efficiency as it brings to the fore possible policy interactions and mechanisms behind long-term EU-wide targets. The conference drew on the APRAISE case studies in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, providing for a better understanding of the mechanisms of environmental policy and thus giving insights into how inefficiencies of environmental policy making can be reduced and target setting on the EU level improved.