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Towards a Climate-Neutral Europe

Curbing the Trend, 1st Edition

Edited by Jos Delbeke, Peter Vis


248 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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This book explains the EU's climate policies in an accessible way, to demonstrate the step-by-step approach that has been used to develop these policies, and the ways in which they have been tested and further improved in the light of experience. The latest changes to the legislation are fully explained throughout.

The chapters throughout this volume show that no single policy instrument can bring down greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge facing the EU, as for many countries that have made pledges under the Paris Agreement, is to put together a toolbox of policy instruments that is coherent, delivers emissions reductions, and is cost-effective. The book stands out by the fact it covers the EU's emissions trading system, the energy sector and other economic sectors, including their development in the context of international climate policy.

This accessible book will be of great relevance to students, scholars and policy makers alike.

Table of Contents

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1. Have 25 Years of EU Climate Policy Delivered?

Peter Vis

2. The Paris Agreement

Jos Delbeke, Artur Runge-Metzger, Yvon Slingenberg, and Jake Werksman

3. How Economic Analysis Shaped the EU’s 2020 and 2030 Target Setting

Tom Van Ierland and Stefaan Vergote

4. The EU Emissions Trading System

Damien Meadows, Peter Vis, and Peter Zapfel

5. The Effort Sharing Regulation

Artur Runge-Metzger and Tom Van Ierland

6. Energy-Related Policies and Integrated Governance

Artur Runge-Metzger, Stefaan Vergote, and Peter Vis

7. Transport Emissions from Road, Aviation and Shipping

Damien Meadows, Alex Paquot and Peter Vis

8. Agriculture and Forestry in the EU’s 2030 Climate Target

Artur Runge-Metzger and Peter Wehrheim

9. Mainstreaming Climate Change in EU Policies

Christian Holzleitner, Philip Owen, Yvon Slingenberg, and Jake Werksman

10. Ten Personal Reflections on the Difficult Journey Towards Climate Neutrality

Jos Delbeke


About the Editors

Jos Delbeke is a Professor at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence and at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, from which he holds a PhD in Economics (1986). He was Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action from its creation in 2010 to 2018, and has worked for the European Commission since 1986.

Peter Vis is an Adviser at the European Commission’s in-house think-tank, the European Political Strategy Centre. He has previously worked in several Directorates-General of the European Commission. For the academic year 2014-2015 he was the EU Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK. He was Chief of Staff to Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action (2010–2014). He has an MA (History) from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy