Monitoring Sustainable Development: Climate and Energy Policy Indicators

Kettner-Marx, Claudia, Kletzan-Slamanig, Daniela, Köppl, Angela, Littig, Beate and Zielinska, Irina (2018) Monitoring Sustainable Development: Climate and Energy Policy Indicators. Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (WIFO), WIFO Working Papers 573, 23 p.

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Both the UN SDGs and the Paris Agreement imply ambitious long-term targets which only can be met with a fundamental restructuring of economic and social systems. We propose a set of energy and climate policy indicators that allows informed policy making and goes beyond the approaches that mainly focus on progress based on the UN indicator set. The sustainable energy indicators cover the whole energy system as well as the three dimensions of sustainability. The approach combines an energy service centred perspective with research on energy and climate indicators and embeds the indicator framework in broader socio-ecologic context. For the four demand-side sectors a set of 118 highlevel energy indicators has been assembled that can be further disaggregated to about 387 indicators.
For electricity and heat supply a set of 25 energy indicators has been compiled that can be further disaggregated to about 130 indicators differentiating by energy source and plant type. Interactions (i.e., synergies and conflicts) between the different target dimensions and the corresponding indicators need to be carefully considered. Given the complexity of the issue and the lack of adequate indicators and gaps in data availability it is difficult to interpret certain observable trends. This needs to be kept in mind when using the indicator system for policy analysis.

Item Type: Discussion/ Working Paper (Unspecified)
Keywords: sustainable development, indicator systems, energy policy, climate policy
Funders: Klima- und Energiefonds
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): JEL codes: Q01, Q48, Q54
Research Units: IHS general publications
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 09:15
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2018 09:15
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4862

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