Project details

Consideration of climate change in the EU Funds of the ‘Common Strategic Framework’ 2014-2020

On behalf of the Environment Directorate-General (DG Environment) and the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG Climate) was examined how far the future EU funding programs (funding period 2014-2020) take mitigation and adaptation to climate change into consideration. The two DGs commissioned a project team, coordinated by COWI A/S (Denmark), with the evaluation of the programmes. As a subcontractor the IfLS analysed and assessed the measures and strategies in the EAFRD draft programmes of the German federal states. Between March 2014 and September 2015 were two to three programme drafts per federal state assessed and commented. That included mainly the documentation of the measure development regarding mitigation and adaptation to climate change. A final evaluation of the climate relevance per programme followed.

The EAFRD programmes of the German federal states are characterized by a significant consideration of climate relevant aspects, such as the reduction of CO2-emmissions, CO2-storage or risk prevention in the case of flooding. But to what extent those eligible for subsidies (farmers, municipalities etc.) make use of the funding measures will only become apparent later in the funding period. The impacts of such measures on mitigation and adaptation to climate change will be assessed by the evaluation of the Rural Development Programmes over the course of time

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Research | Climate change and renewable energies |


European Commission, Directorate-Generals Environment and Climate Action


2013 - 2014

Contact person/s at IfLS: 

Jörg Schramek, Bettina Spengler