Wider Impacts of Climate Action in Luxembourg

17 February 2022

Aether is working with Luxembourg to assess the wider impacts of national climate actions. The work aims to increase the understanding of the potential wider impacts of Luxembourg’s actions to tackle climate change as well as barriers to implementing effective climate action with minimal negative wider impacts. The work links together Luxembourg’s reported climate actions with the ten priorities set out in Luxembourg 2030: 3rd National Plan for Sustainable Development.

The project report and linked data visualisation of the wider impacts (and of Luxembourg's GHG and AQ emissions inventories and projections) can be viewed on our website.

The report brings together findings gathered during activities including a literature review, a series of sector specific stakeholder engagement activities, and collation and analysis of the findings. 

The analysis of the potential synergies and conflicts between policies allows for more joined up decision making and allows for more efficient use of strategic resources. It is clear that cross government collaboration and engagement in identifying co-benefits and potential conflicts can help to identify where investment can be focused to maximise benefits and where conflicts can be addressed early on before investments are made. Many of Luxembourg’s climate actions have positive wider impacts, with those addressing energy consumption in residential buildings having the most potential co-benefits. Some climate policies have the potential for negative wider impacts, such as land use conflicts between afforestation and agricultural land.

Considering the wider impacts can lead to increased engagement from strategic decision makers in government, and increased awareness and more informed decision making from the private sector and the public. This leads to more efficient analysis that identifies potential synergies and conflicts early on and supports more joined-up and climate conscious decision making.

The analysis will be updated for the preparation of policies and measures for the updated integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) required in 2023.

You can read more about our wider impacts work here and our previous support to Luxembourg with their climate policies here.

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