Climate action requires cooperation. That is why adelphi is providing support for the climate collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The EU and ASEAN have been official dialogue partners since 1977. The E-READI program (Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument) aims to facilitate the regional integration of ASEAN based on European experience and know-how, promote peer-to-peer learning and exchange within ASEAN, and enable cross-sectoral political dialogues in the ASEAN countries. The program facilitates policy processes and capacity-building in areas of common interest.
One of the main concerns of E-READI is increasing cooperation on regional and global environmental problems and facilitating targeted climate dialogue. The ASEAN countries are among the most severely affected by climate change in the world. The dialogue deals with climate policy issues related to science and politics – for example, decision-making processes, legal framework conditions, analytical work and links to other political areas. In addition, the experience of the EU and ASEAN in mobilising climate finance and long-term planning to achieve carbon neutrality offers the opportunity to share insight and expertise in long-term modelling, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) and CO2 pricing or sustainable public and private financing.
With financial support from GIZ, adelphi is helping the EU and ASEAN to further develop this climate dialogue. To this end, adelphi is processing and analysing international climate policy (long-term strategies, climate finance, MRV), identifying best practices, and facilitating exchange between the EU and the ASEAN Secretariat and individual member countries. In addition to analysis reports, guidelines and policy papers, an essential element of the exchange is the design and implementation of dialogues, workshops and conferences, both physical and virtual. In addition, adelphi employs surveys, semi-structured interviews and other methods to take stock of previous climate policy experiences as well as identify challenges and obstacles.