Climate Change and European Leadership: A Sustainable Role for Europe?

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Joyeeta Gupta, M.J. Grubb
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 2000 - Business & Economics - 346 pages
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The issue of climate change is now widely recognised as one of the major challenges for mankind in the 21st century, not only because it may ultimately affect many areas of our environment, nature and human activity but also because its mitigation may have far reaching consequences for almost all sectors of the economy where energy conversion takes place. Although climate change is firmly positioned on the political agenda and some initial targets have been agreed within a global framework, we are still far away from a mature political and practical policy which may deliver timely and appropriate results .to tum the tide. This is partly due to the complex nature of a possible global climate change regime, the still early stage of the development of effective and efficient instruments and the wide variety of possible ramifications for individual countries and economic sectors. But it is also due to the complexity of the negotiation process, and the lack of effective international or even global governance and leadership to tackle a multi-dimensional problem of this size and nature. This book is the first broad attempt to address the issue of leadership by one of the major parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in the ongoing international debate and negotiations towards such a policy which inevitably has to be constructed on a global scale.

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The role of the EU in climate negotiations
Perceptions of the EUs role
The EU in international environmental regimes and the Energy
Socioeconomics of policy formation and choices
The economics of coalition formation
Issue linkages to the sustainability agenda
Economic dimensions of the Kyoto Protocol
Emission reductions in EU countries
Implementing EU Commitments under Kyoto
Strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats of the EU
Leadership scenarios
Implementing European leadership
Target differentiation and the European Bubble

Competence and subsidiarity

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Joyeeta Gupta is Professor of Climate Change Law and Policy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and of Water Law and Policy at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She is editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics and is on the editorial board of the journals Carbon and Law Review, International Journal on Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Policy, and International Community Law Review. She was a lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She is on the scientific steering committees of many different international programmes including the Global Water Systems Project and the Earth System Governance Project. She has published several books on climate change, including The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries: From Conflict to Consensus? (1997), and Our Simmering Planet: What to Do About Global Warming (2001). Her edited books include The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water (2009, with J. Dellapenna), Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol: The Role of Institutions and Instruments to Control Global Change (2003, with M. Faure and A. Nentjes), Issues in International Climate Policy: Theory and Policy (2003, with E. Van Ierland and M. Kok), and Climate Change and European Leadership: A Sustainable Role for Europe (2000, with M. Grubb).

Michael Grubb is the Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy and is a leading international researcher on the economic and policy dimensions of climate change and energy policy issues. He currently holds positions as Chief Economist at The Carbon Trust (UK), Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London.

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