ACTION – Assessing Climate TransItion OptioNs: policy vs impacts

ACTION is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship aimed at enhancing transparency and comparability of domestic climate policies while offering insights into a fair and just transition.

3 years from 01/02/2020 to 31/01/2023
Funded by
  • European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Coordinating organization
  • Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General aims

Falling at the intersection of public policy, climate change economics and climate science, ACTION will develop a quantitative approach to empirically evaluate national climate policies in terms of stringency, determinants, and economic impacts. The overarching objective of ACTION is twofold: enhance transparency and comparability of climate change measures at different levels while clarifying factors determining policy ambition, as well as provide evidence on the equitable transition toward a low-carbon and sustainable development.

CMCC role
CMCC offers scientific support to the research activities


The project will provide:

  • A cross-country analysis of climate policy stringency over time
  • An empirical analysis on the evidence of international and national factors influencing climate policy adoption and effectiveness

An assessment of the comparative effect of climate policy stringency and climate change impacts on inclusive economic development

Expected results

The project will exploit the recent increase in availability of climate policy information to advance the empirical literature on climate policy evaluation. The development of systematic measures to evaluate climate and clean-energy policies will consolidate the analytical approach to assess countries’ performance but also move the understanding of underpinning factors forward. Considering the combined effect of policy and impacts on economic development will represent an unprecedented effort toward the assessment of the overall pressure of climate change on our society.
ACTION’s results will therefore support the EU and its Member States in better designing their future climate agenda.


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