Climate change is a cross-cutting, long-term, global problem that presents policymakers with many challenges in their efforts to respond to the issue. Integrating climate policy objectives into the elaboration and agreement of policy measures in other sectors represents one promising method for ensuring coherent policies that respond adequately to the climate change challenge.
This book explores the integration of long-term climate policy objectives into EU energy policy. It engages in-depth empirical analysis on the integration of climate policy objectives into renewable energy policy; energy performance of buildings; and policies in support of natural gas importing infrastructure. The book describes insufficient levels of climate policy integration across these areas to achieve the long-term policy goals. A conceptual framework to find reasons for insufficient integration levels is developed and applied.
This book is a valuable resource for students, researchers, academics and policymakers interested in environmental, climate change and energy policy development in the EU, particularly from the perspective of long-term policy challenges. The book adds to scholarly literature on policy integration and EU integration, and contributes to new and developing research about EU decarbonisation.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. From environmental to climate policy integration 3. EU renewable energy policy 4. EU policy on the energy performance of buildings 5. EU policy on natural gas import infrastructure 6. Explaining climate policy integration: policy, politics, context and process 7. Conclusions
Claire Dupont is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies and the Political Science department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She works within the VUB’s Strategic Research Programme on ‘Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE)’.
"This excellent work will be of interest to those working in environmental and climate policy integration and to anyone trying to promote climate-change policy in the EU. It contributes to the emerging body of research on CPI by offering a well-thought-through framework for measuring and explaining different levels of integration – particularly useful for assessing climate mainstreaming in policy output. For the policy process, stakeholder participation may need to be assessed using other indicators. Pro-climate stakeholders perhaps chose not to be more involved in renewable energy and energy conservation policies because DG Energy was pursing the same objectives – to increase the share of renewables in the EU and reduce energy consumption." – Environmental Politics, Catarina Cardoso