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THE NEW CLIMATE POLICIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
The European Union has established itself as the most prominent international leader on the issue. It has been one of the most fervent supporters of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, striving to sustain its leadership in the efforts to reach a new global agreement post-2012. The EU has also increasingly underpinned its international leadership position with domestic action. Most prominently, it introduced a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in 2005. The period 2007-2008 saw a major overhaul and leap forward in the development of a renewed EU framework of policy and legislation to address climate change. Most importantly, the new EU climate policies include a set of legislative acts adopted in early 2009 and known as the "climate and energy package" that is designed to achieve the EU’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % and increasing the share of renewable energies to 20 % by 2020.
This volume provides a timely overview and assessment of the development of the new EU climate policies with a focus on the new climate and energy package. Are EU climate policies sufficient to meet the environmental, economic and political challenge posed by global climate change? How do international and domestic climate policies of the EU interact and are they mutually supportive? What are the prospects for the EU keeping its international leadership in the face of a more engaged US and increasingly assertive emerging economies? In addressing these questions, the volume aims to enhance understanding and contribute to further discussions on the current and potential role of the EU in the fight against climate change.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür is the Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a renowned expert in international and European environmental and climate policy and law.
Prof. Dr. Marc Pallemaerts is a Senior Fellow and Head of the Environmental Governance Programme at the Institute for European Environmental Policy. He also is a Professor of European environmental law at the University of Amsterdam and teaches international environmental law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
|Publisher||Academic & Scientific publishers|
|Year of Publication||2010|