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Climate Governance Observatory

Building knowledge and action on governance for net zero

What’s the problem?

The EU’s decision to commit to achieve climate neutrality in 30 years at the latest transforms the magnitude and complexity of the challenge posed to Europe’s climate architecture. Implementing the EU Climate Law will require rapid, radical and irreversible change across the whole economy. Change on this scale is societal in nature. Policy making to deliver the national transformations needed to achieve climate neutrality in Europe will, by definition, need to be a deeply political process because it will require sustained political leadership and public ownership of the choices made. It will also require national governments to adopt a ‘mission mindset’ in order to drive the challenge of delivering the policy innovation, public engagement and policy implementation on the ground.  While effective oversight and support will be needed by the EU’s institutions to achieve climate neutrality in Europe, this objective cannot be achieved unless it is also strongly ‘owned’ at national level.  Although the EU Climate Law commits the Union to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest, the EU’s climate policy architecture in so far as it applies to national climate action says very little about the enabling conditions for fostering national ownership of the climate neutrality objective. EJNI’s Climate Observatory is designed to provide a platform for thought leadership about the options for Paris compatible national climate governance and law with the aim of sharing this knowledge with partners in Ireland and in other EU countries and the EU institutions.

CSO statement on national climate neutrality targets click here

Support AM393 in the Effort Sharing Regulation vote – Frequently Asked Questions click here

For our joint letter to Minister Eamon Ryan calling for the EU Environment Council to support crucial amendments to the Effort Sharing Regulation click here

For our joint paper on national ownership and the success of the EU’s Green Deal click here.

For our joint letter in support of a strong framework for national binding climate targets click here.

For our response to the EU’s “Fit for 55” package see our press release click here.


Watch EJNI’s CGO team give evidence on the Northern Ireland Climate Change (No.1) Bill before the NI Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Meeting Thursday 23 September 2021

Ireland has a moral and legal duty to take the lead on climate.

Irish Times 9 July 2021; Sharon Turner, Thomas Muinzer, Ciara Brennan

EU’s new climate package must now close the ‘National Ownership Gap’

Euractiv 29 July 2021 Thomas Muinzer and Sharon Turner



CN Target Briefing
Policy Note 1

Policy Paper



View the recording of our webinar ‘Climate Laws and the Fight for 1.5C: Latest developments from the island of Ireland and the EU’ below to hear expert analysis of Ireland’s Climate Bill, Northern Ireland’s Climate Bill and the EU Climate Law.’


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