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Strategies for European Leadership of International Climate and Sustainability Regimes

Objective

To analyse EU policies related to climate change and to identify barriers to and conditions for a EU leadership role in global environmental regimes taking into account the links between levels (national, EU, global) and between different economic sectors; to contribute to the understanding of the linkages between internal and external dimensions of EU policies with special regard to climate change and sustainable development.

OBJECTIVES :

To analyse EU policies related to climate change and to identify barriers to and conditions for a EU leadership role in global environmental regimes taking into account the links between levels (national, EU, global) and between different economic sectors; to contribute to the understanding of the linkages between internal and external dimensions of EU policies with special regard to climate change and sustainable development.
DESCRIPTION :

The research consists of six modules.

The opening modules examine the nature of the challenge in terms of the factors that influence national perceptions, interests and attitudes, and review the lessons that can be drawn form existing international regimes on ozone layer depletion, acidification, Mediterranean Sea, Tropical deforestation, and the European Energy Charter.

Subsequent models examine the potential international regimes for controlling greenhouse gas emissions along three dimensions :
i) the climate policy strategies for the EU, including the relationships between the EU and border countries;
ii) the global context, particularly the determinants of national positions and potential global coalitions;
iii) the role of the EU in developing the global climate change regime.
The final module explores how the findings of the previous modules relate to the broader issues of sustainability that surround the climate problem and tries to shed light on how the accounting for secondary benefits may expand the EU horizon towards sustainability. The consideration of such secondary, indirect benefits can in fact provide the basis for identifying "mutual gains" between climate protection policies and economic development.

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