1st Edition

European Foreign Policy in a Decarbonising World Challenges and Opportunities

    204 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contributing to the emerging literature on the geopolitical and foreign policy implications of decarbonisation and energy transition processes, this book sheds light on the future of the European Union’s (EU) external relations under decarbonisation.

    Under the Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015, governments are committed to phasing out the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over the coming decades. This book addresses the many questions around this process of decarbonisation through detailed analyses of EU external relations with six fossil-fuel exporting countries: Nigeria, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Qatar, and Canada. The authors systematically examine the six countries’ varying dependence on fossil fuels, the broader political and security context, current relations with the EU, and the potential for developing these towards decarbonisation. In doing so, they put forward a series of findings that should hold across varying circumstances and provide a steppingstone to enrich and inspire further research on foreign policy, external relations, and international relations under decarbonisation. The book also makes an important contribution to understanding the external implications of the 2019 European Green Deal.

    This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of European environmental and climate policy, climate diplomacy, energy policy, foreign policy, and climate/energy geopolitics.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/ 9781003183037, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction: The European Union, Decarbonisation and Foreign Policy

    2. Nigeria: Addressing Fragility away from Oil?

    3. Indonesia: Building a Partnership beyond Fossil Fuels and Palm Oil

    4. Azerbaijan: Partnership Potential beyond Gas?

    5. Colombia: The Double Challenge of Internal Pacification and Decarbonisation

    6. Qatar: Moving beyond Oil and Gas within a Fragile Regional Context

    7. Canada: Reframing a Well-established Partnership

    8. Conclusions: Challenges and Opportunities for EU Foreign Policy and Its Analysis in an Era of Decarbonisation


    Sebastian Oberthür is Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

    Dennis Tänzler is Director and Head of Programme Climate Policy at adelphi, Germany.

    Emily Wright works as a Manager for adelphi, Germany, in the field of climate policy and diplomacy.

    Gauri Khandekar is Researcher at the Centre for Environment, Economy and Energy at the Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).