The Status of Climate Policy Integration and Coherence – Progress in the EU and in Austria (CliPIC)

In order to tackle climate change it has to be recognised that climate policy is a cross-cutting issue and needs to be firmly integrated in other policy areas that frame economic activity and societal development. There is a gap between general climate policy commitment and climate policy integration. The research project focuses on policy integration of climate change mitigation aspects on EU level and in Austria: we develop criteria for the evaluation of climate policy integration based on an extensive literature survey. On EU level strategic and energy policy documents are analysed. For Austria we structure our analysis according to the ministries with climate-related competencies and focus on Styria as a case study for regional climate policy integration. Policy recommendations are developed focussing on the reduction of structural, political and procedural barriers and potentials for improving CPI.