1st Edition

EU Environmental Governance Current and Future Challenges

Edited By Amandine Orsini, Elena Kavvatha Copyright 2021
    260 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents an overview of the field of environmental law and policies within the European Union, from theoretical foundations to major issues and applied governance solutions.

    Drawing on expertise from renowned academics and practitioners from different disciplines, EU Environmental Governance: Current and Future Challenges helps readers to understand the main legal, political and economic issues of environmental protection since the adoption of the Paris Agreement by the European Union in 2015, until the 2020 Brexit, European Green Deal and coronavirus outbreak. The authors examine a broad range of sensitive and topical environmental issues including climate change, air pollution, waste management and circular economy, nuclear waste, biodiversity, agriculture, chemicals, nanotechnology, the environmental impacts of trade and environmental conflicts, presenting both current insights and future challenges. Overall, this volume exposes the reader to a vast array of empirical case studies, which will bolster their training and help tackle the environmental challenges faced by Europe today.

    This book is a valuable resource for students, researchers and policymakers across a broad range of fields, including environmental law and policies, environmental economics, climate science and environmental sociology.


    Amandine Orsini and Elena Kavvatha

    Part 1: EU Climate Policy and Air Quality

    1. An Update on EU Climate Policy: Recent Developments and Expectations

    Claire Godet

    2. The Right to Clean Air in the European Union

    Ugo Taddei

    Part 2: Waste Management

    3. The Dilemma of EU Waste Policy and Circular Economy: Deconstructing the Environmental Regulation of an Electronic Tablet

    Cándido García Molyneux

    4. The European Governance of Radioactive Waste: A Story of Stakeholder’s Involvement

    Grégoire Lits

    Part 3: Agriculture

    5. The Tense Relation Between the European Common Agricultural and Environment Policies

    Tomás García Azcarate and Samir Mili

    6. Agriculture and Biodiversity in Europe: The Future of Europe’s Farms

    Ariel Brunner and Harriet Bradley

    Part 4: Chemicals and Nanotechnology

    7. EU Chemicals Regulation: A Systematic Approach to Tackling Complexity

    Katja Biedenkopf

    8. EU Environmental Risk Regulation: QSAR Models for Chemicals and Nanotechnology Governance?

    François Thoreau and Brice Laurent

    Part 5: Reconciling Environmental Concerns with Market Imperatives

    9. At the Crossroads of Trade and Environment: The Growing Influence of Environmental Policy on EU Trade Law

    Marcus Gustafsson and Victor Crochet

    10. Cleaning up the Mess? The EU’s Answer to Environmental Conflicts Within and Beyond its Borders

    Angèle Minguet


    Amandine Orsini and Elena Kavvatha


    Amandine Orsini is Professor of International Relations at the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles.

    Elena Kavvatha is a research officer at CReSPo (Research Center in Political Science) and at the Institute for European Studies, both hosted by the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles.

    "This book illustrates how Europe has taken up its global role as a laboratory for environmental governance, with great success. It started with the revision of the Treaty of Rome in 1986 in Maastricht when the environment was introduced as a new chapter, resulting in the Green Deal of the new EU Commission. A fascinating journey!" -- Jos Delbeke, Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and at the KU Leuven, Belgium

    "This interdisciplinary book explores the EU governance system and the major challenges arising from environmental governance at both the regional and global levels. The expert input provided in this book by both academics and practitioners will contribute to developing much-needed informed policies and to specialized teaching and research activities. It is an indispensable source of knowledge for anybody interested in environmental matters (researchers, students, NGOs, law- and policy-makers, professionals, etc.) and a valuable addition to university libraries from all over the world." -- Stefania Negri, Associate professor of International Law, University of Salerno, Italy

    "Written by practitioners and academics, this pathbreaking book throws a distinctive light on how the EU deals with complex environmental challenges such as climate, biodiversity, air quality, waste management, chemicals, and nanotechnology. Assessing the impact of recent events from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to the 2019 European Green Deal and Brexit, it convincingly displays the EU as both an advanced supranational environmental governance system and a laboratory for multilateral environmental action." -- Franck Petiteville, Professor of Political Science, University of Grenoble Alps, France