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1990 bis 2010: Eine Bestandsaufnahme von zwei Jahrzehnten europäischer Klimapolitik

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Climate change ranks high on the policy agenda of the European Union (EU) which considers itself as a leading force in the battle against global warming. The EU is committed to the objective of limiting the rise in global average temperature to no more than 2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels in order to hedge against dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. In this paper, we provide a critical appraisal of EU climate policy over the last two decades. Given the global public good properties of climate protection we derive guidelines for sound unilateral action and evaluate contemporary EU climate policy against these guidelines. We find that - while the EU must be praised for pushing international agreements and going ahead with ambitious emission reduction targets - the implementation of EU climate policies is likely to make climate protection much more costly than necessary. Copyright 2010 die Autoren Journal compilation 2010, Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Christoph Böhringer, 2010. "1990 bis 2010: Eine Bestandsaufnahme von zwei Jahrzehnten europäischer Klimapolitik," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 11(s1), pages 56-74, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:11:y:2010:i:s1:p:56-74
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    1. Frondel, Manuel & Schmidt, Christoph M. & Vance, Colin, 2014. ""Grüner" Strom gleich guter Strom? Warum Solarförderung ein teurer Irrtum ist," RWI Positionen 57, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.
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    5. Frondel, Manuel & Schmidt, Christoph M. & aus dem Moore, Nils, 2012. "Marktwirtschaftliche Energiewende: Ein Wettbewerbsrahmen für die Stromversorgung mit alternativen Technologien. Ein Projekt im Auftrag der Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft," RWI Projektberichte, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, number 69954, March.
    6. Manuel Frondel, 2014. "Teuer und ineffizient: Die Emissionsminderung der EU," RWI Positionen, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, pages 17, December.
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