The Origins of Energy and Environmental Policy in Europe: The Beginnings of a European Environmental Conscience, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Origins of Energy and Environmental Policy in Europe

The Beginnings of a European Environmental Conscience, 1st Edition

By Thomas C. Hoerber


290 pages

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This book examines the development of a European environmental conscience through successive steps of European integration in energy policy.

In the 1960s-70s, the world was slowly beginning to realise that environment degradation was not sustainable. With phenomena such as acid rain, it became clear that pollution did not stop at national boundaries and the European environmental conscience developed in parallel to such growing environmental concerns. The oil crisis in 1973 was a turning point in the integration process for both energy policy and environment policy, and while further integration towards the European energy policy failed; the environmental policies took shape in measures such as energy saving. The Commission incorporated both energy and environmental policies into the EU policy canon and built an institutional framework, responding to the insufficiency of national policy answers and the developing environmental conscience of the European people.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European Integration, European Union politics and history and environmental politics and policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Energy & Environment 2. Coal 3. Oil 4. Atom Part 2: Environment 5. Pollution 6. Conservation/Environmental Protection 7. Renewables 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Thomas C. Hoerber is Associate Professor at the Centre for European Integration at the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales (ESSCA), LUNAL University in Angers, France.

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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