Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans
Timeline for drafting and adoption
Draft NECPs are to be submitted by 30 June 2023 to the EnC Secretariat (EnCS), and subsequently by 1 January 2028 and then every 10 years thereafter.
EnCS shall issue country-specific recommendations no later than 6 months before the deadline for final submission. Upon receiving the country-specific recommendations, the Contracting Parties shall align with the recommendations, or provide and make public its reasons for non-alignment.
By 30 June 2024, and subsequently by 1 January 2029 and then every ten years thereafter, each Contracting Party shall notify the Secretariat of an NECP-final version;
The first NECP shall cover the period 2025-2030, (and the next ones shall cover the subsequent 10- year periods);
The NECP update shall reflect equal, or increased ambition, for the objectives, targets, and contributions:
A draft update on 1 January 2033, and subsequently every 10 years thereafter, shall be submitted by the Contracting Parties to the Secretariat, or the Contracting Party shall provide the Secretariat with reasons justifying why the plan does not require updating.
A final update on 1 January 2034, and subsequently every 10 years thereafter, shall be submitted by the Contracting Parties to the Secretariat, unless they have provided reasons why the plan does not require updating.
Public consultation and multilevel climate and energy dialogue
Each Contracting Party shall set reasonable timeframes that allow sufficient time for the public to be informed, so they might participate and express their views.
Each Contracting Party shall establish a multilevel climate and energy dialogue pursuant to national rules, in which local authorities, civil society organisations, the business community, investors, other relevant stakeholders, and the general public are able to actively engage and discuss the different scenarios envisaged for energy and climate policies–including in the long-term–and review progress
Each Contracting Party shall, well before submitting its draft NECPs to the EnCS, identify opportunities for regional cooperation and consult neighbouring Contracting Parties and EU Member States, including those in the Energy and Climate Committee and regional cooperation fora. If appropriate, other CP or EU MS that expressed an interest could also be consulted. Any consulted parties should be given a reasonable time within which to react.
To facilitate market integration and cost-efficient policies and measures, Contracting Parties shall in the period between the deadline for submission of their draft NECPs and the deadline for submission of their final plans, present the relevant parts of their draft NECPs to the Energy and Climate Committee and relevant regional cooperation fora with a view to their finalisation.
Pre-defined structure of the NECPs
Overview of the drafting process, including executive summary.
Description of national objectives, targets, and contributions related to the dimensions of the Energy Union: decarbonisation, energy efficiency, energy security, integrated energy market, and competitiveness, research, and innovation.
Description of planned policies and measures to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, targets, and contributions, as well as a general overview of the investment needed to meet the corresponding objectives, targets, and contributions (policy section).
Description of the current situation of the five dimensions, and projections for the objectives, targets, and contributions with the existing policies and measures (analytical section).
Impact assessment for the planned polices and measures (analytical section):
Impact assessment of the planned policies and measures (as described in the policy section), including comparisons of projections with existing policies and measures;
Macroeconomic and other impacts of the planned policies and measures, including comparison of the projections with existing policies and measures;
Overview of investment needs;
Impact of planned policies and measures on other states and regional cooperation, including comparison of the projections with existing policies and measures.