Two Decades of European Climate Policy: A Critical Appraisal
AbstractClimate change ranks high on the policy agenda of the European Union (EU) which considers itself as a leading force in the battle against anthropogenic climate change. The EU is committed to the objective of limiting the rise in global average temperature to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. This article provides a critical appraisal of two decades of EU climate policy. Based on the global nature of climate change, we pre-sent three criteria for sound unilateral action and evaluate current EU climate policy against these criteria. We find that the actual implementation of EU climate policies is likely to make emission abatement much more costly than necessary.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies in its series ZenTra Working Papers in Transnational Studies with number 21 / 2013.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
Date of revision: Nov 2013
EU climate policy; emission regulation; cost-effectiveness;
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