Providing a timely overview and assessment of the evolution of the new European climate policies, this informed discussion systematically evaluates both internal policies and their external divers and implications. Focusing on the new climate and energy package, important questions are explored such as Are EU climate policies sufficient to meet the environmental, economic, and political challenge posed by global climate change? How do international and domestic climate policies of the EU interact and are they mutually supportive? What are the prospects for the EU keeping its international leadership in the face of a more engaged U.S. and increasingly assertive emerging economies? This essential analysis aims to enhance understanding and contribute to discussions on the current and potential role of the EU in the fight against climate change.
Sebastian Oberthur is the academic director of the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a renowned expert in international and European environmental and climate policy and law. Marc Pallemaerts is a senior fellow and head of the Environmental Governance Program at the Institute for European Environmental Policy. He also is a professor of European environmental law at the University of Amsterdam and teaches international environmental law at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.