The Carbon-CAP project aimed to:

  1. Realize a more effective policy mix for achieving the objectives of the EU Climate and Energy package and the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon-economy in 2050.
  2. Stimulate innovative European and international climate policies and services thanks to an improved and shared knowledge base on consumption emissions.

The potential to complement current domestic greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts with policies that address consumption patterns is clear. However, developing a new, more balanced mix of policies requires overcoming important gaps and hurdles.

The Carbon-CAP project addressed the following gaps:

Gap 1: Quantification of global emissions related to consumption of goods and services and understanding drivers for upward trends.

Gap 2: Understanding of levers, potential mechanisms and feasibility of demand side tools and polices.

Gap 3: Understanding of the effectiveness and impacts of demand side tools and policies.

Gap 4: Creating shared view on added value, implementation challenges and acceptability of demand side tools/policies and related accounts, and ‘roadmap’ of evolution from production towards consumption-based policies.

The project was specifically designed to overcome these gaps and convince a critical mass in the climate policy community of the added value of demand side policies and accounts. The plan included interactive learning between the project team and key policy players, led by one of the most prominent networking organisations in the field - Climate Strategies.