Handbook on European Union Climate Change Policy and Politics


Handbook on European Union Climate Change Policy and Politics

9781789906974 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Tim Rayner, Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK, Kacper Szulecki, Research Professor in International Climate Governance, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo, Norway, Andrew J. Jordan, Professor of Environmental Policy, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK and Sebastian Oberthür, Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development, Brussels School of Governance (BSoG), Belgium and Professor of Environmental Policy and Law, Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 697 4 Extent: 440 pp
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Through detailed and wide-ranging analysis, the Handbook on European Union Climate Change Policy and Politics provides a critical assessment of current and emerging challenges facing the EU in committing to and delivering increasingly ambitious climate policy objectives. Highlighting the importance of topics such as finance and investment, litigation, ‘hard to abate’ sectors and negative emissions, it offers an up-to-date exploration of the complexities of climate politics and policy making.

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The Handbook on European Union Climate Change Policy and Politics provides a wide-ranging and in-depth assessment of current and emerging challenges facing the EU in committing to and delivering increasingly ambitious climate policy objectives. It traces the development of climate and energy policies since the early 1990s and examines their continued evolution in the context of the 2019 European Green Deal.

With contributions from leading international scholars, it describes the key dynamics driving policy developments and the role of key actors in climate and energy-related policy processes. Covering topics that have previously been relatively neglected, or have recently gained greater significance, such as finance and investment, ‘hard to abate’ sectors and negative emissions, this timely Handbook offers an up-to-date and unrivalled exploration of the complexities of climate policymaking.

It will be of primary interest to academics researching EU politics, and environmental politics, policy, regulation and governance more widely. It will be especially pertinent to students and researchers who require more specialized knowledge of EU climate policy and politics.
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‘A comprehensive explanation of the development, strengths and weaknesses of the EU’s policies related to climate change. A highly commendable book covering extensive research for those interested in the climate and energy transition, political science around the EU and the EU’s contribution to the world’s collective well-being. The deep dives into different institutions and policy areas are full of insights. These highly qualified authors pass judgement on the last 30 years of the EU’s climate policymaking and the intricacies behind them. Well worth a read.’
– Peter Vis, European University Institute, Italy

‘From the origins of EU climate change leadership, through the main institutions, political dynamics and policy instruments and goals, this impressive collection helps us to better understand the accomplishments, barriers and challenges for EU climate leadership in our increasingly uncertain and dangerous era.’
– Stacy D. VanDeveer, University of Massachusetts Boston, US

‘The volume is an authoritative resource for researchers and students as well as practitioners engaged in climate governance. The editors have excelled in producing a comprehensive review of, and refreshed insight into, the most important research themes, delivered by an exciting mix of established and bright young scholars.’
– Jale Tosun, Heidelberg University, Germany
Contributors: Ian Bailey, Germán Bersalli, Katja Biedenkopf, Alexander Bürgin, Maurizio Di Lullo, Natalie Dobson, Claire Dupont, Helene Dyrhauge, Sandra Eckert, Per Ove Eikeland, Oscar Fitch-Roy, Oliver Geden, Andrew J. Jordan, Kristine Kern, Gauri Khandekar, Michèle Knodt, Olivia Lazard, Duncan Liefferink, Johan Lilliestam, Alan Matthews, Daniel Mertens, Brendan Moore, Sebastian Oberthür, Louisa Parks, Franziska Petri, Donatella Della Porta, Martín Portos, Andrea Prontera, Rainer Quitzow, Tim Rayner, Katharina Rietig, Seita Romppanen, Felix Schenuit, Jon Birger Skjærseth, Marcin Stoczkiewicz, Kacper Szulecki, Matthias Thiemann, Paul Tobin, Diarmuid Torney, John Vogler, Jørgen Wettestad, Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel, Tomas Wyns, Richard Youngs, Veronika Zapletalová

Preface xvii
Acknowledgements xx
List of abbreviations xxi
1 The global importance of EU climate policy: an introduction 1
Tim Rayner, Kacper Szulecki, Andrew J. Jordan and Sebastian Oberthür

2 The European Commission: a climate policy entrepreneur 23
Alexander Bürgin
3 The European Council, Council and Member States: jostling for influence 38
Rüdiger K. W. Wurzel, Maurizio Di Lullo and Duncan Liefferink
4 The European Parliament: a strong internal actor with external ambitions 53
Franziska Petri, Veronika Zapletalová and Katja Biedenkopf
5 The European Investment Bank: the EU’s climate bank? 68
Daniel Mertens and Matthias Thiemann
6 Business and private finance: their role in the EU’s climate transition 83
Sandra Eckert
7 Environmental and climate activism and advocacy in the EU 98
Louisa Parks, Donatella della Porta and Martín Portos
8 Cities in EU multilevel climate policy: governance capacities, spatial
approaches and upscaling of local experiments 113
Kristine Kern
9 The role of the courts in EU climate policy 129
Marcin Stoczkiewicz

10 Global dimensions of EU climate, energy and transport policies 144
John Vogle
11 Climate, ecological and energy security challenges facing the EU: new
and old dynamics 158
Richard Youngs and Olivia Lazard
12 Green growth and competitiveness in EU climate policy: paradigm shift
or ‘plus de la même chose’? 173
Oscar Fitch-Roy and Ian Bailey
13 EU Climate leadership: domestic and global dimensions 187
Paul Tobin, Diarmuid Torney and Katja Biedenkopf

14 Instruments and modes of governance in EU climate and energy policy:
from energy union to the European Green Deal 202
Michèle Knodt
15 Targets, timetables and effort sharing as governance tools: emergence,
scope and ambition 216
Seita Romppanen
16 Proactive prevention of carbon leakage? The EU Carbon Border
Adjustment Mechanism 231
Jørgen Wettestad
17 Climate policy integration and climate mainstreaming in the EU budget 246
Katharina Rietig and Claire Dupont
18 Governing EU low-carbon innovation: from Strategic Energy
Technology Plan to European Green Deal 259
Jon Birger Skjærseth and Per Ove Eikeland

19 Agricultural emissions: a case of limited potential or limited ambition? 275
Alan Matthews
20 Energy-intensive industries in the EU: overcoming barriers to transition? 289
Tomas Wyns and Gauri Khandekar
21 Transport: evolving EU policy towards a ‘hard-to-abate’ sector 305
Helene Dyrhauge and Tim Rayner

22 Carbon dioxide removal: climbing up the EU climate policy agenda 322
Felix Schenuit and Oliver Geden
23 Brexit: weighing its implications for EU and UK climate governance 337
Brendan Moore
24 Green recovery: catalyst for an enhanced EU role in climate and energy policy? 351
Rainer Quitzow, Germán Bersalli, Johan Lilliestam and Andrea Prontera
25 Climate protection versus trade: dilemmas for the EU 367
Natalie Dobson

26 The EU: towards adequate, coherent and coordinated climate action? 383
Tim Rayner, Kacper Szulecki, Andrew J. Jordan and Sebastian Oberthür

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