Convergence in European Climate Policy and Governance - Lessons from Germany and Poland

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Climate Policy
Project Status
Completed Project
Project Duration
since/from 2013 to 2013
Commissioned by
Mercator Stiftung
In Cooperation with
Hertie School of Governance
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - SWP)
Project Manager
Karsten Neuhoff
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin

Project description

The project is conducted under the banner of the 2013 Dahrendorf Symposium, Working Group 2 "Governance and Policy Aspects of Climate Change".

In the uncertain post-Kyoto climate policy arrangement, the role of the EU as a driving force of climate change mitigation efforts seems to be gaining importance. But the common EU climate and energy policy, even though defined on a European level, is driven and to a large extent executed nationally. Hence the national circumstances are a key factor to agree for a unified EU approach. Within the EU itself, there is no unanimity regarding the ways of tackling climate change. The project looks at the German-Polish relationship, comparing the two countries' domestic policies as well as assessing their neighborly cooperation. Having gone through a process of political reconciliation, Germany and Poland have closely linked economies and are effective partners in many policy domains. All the more striking are the difficulties to find a common ground and pragmatic compromises on energy and climate.

Research in the project is focused on three issue areas: renewables, energy efficiency (in the building sector), and energy infrastructure (electricity grids). The project seeks to sketch the domestic institutional and legal background in these areas, and identify the possible policy improvements, emphasizing the need for bilateral, transnational cooperation. It also asks if and what are the lessons to be learned by both sides in the different issue areas. The analysis is kept close to the current political debate, and feedback from different stakeholders (German, Polish, governmental, industrial and non-governmental) is to be included from the early stages of research.