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Designing European governing institutions for climate futures

Objective

This project is designed to look at how various governments are responding to the demands being made on them by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The results clarify the relationship between international obligation and national democratic sovereignty with a view to redefining the notion of sovereignty in global environmental management.

The four case studies examined are the EC institutions, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. This choice of cases encompasses a variety of perceptions, interests and competences in dealing with greenhouse gases emissions.

The project examines how each of the mentioned national governments and the European institutions are interpreting the Framework Convention, especially concerning the following issues:

i) the present role of subsidiarity, or who is in charge of policy formulation;

ii) the legal interpretation of key principles such as precaution, common but differentiated responsibility, and ecological tolerance;

iii) the methods of achieving greenhouse reduction, of setting targets and of designing legal, policy and regulatory structures to foster compliance.

The research provides information which can allow an improvement in the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of policy formulation in respect of climate change.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
Address
University Plain
Norwich
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

FRIDTJOF NANSEN INSTITUTE
Norway
Address
Fridtjof Nansens Vei 17
1326 Lysaker
INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
United Kingdom
Address
Horseferry Road 52
SW1P 2AG London
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
United Kingdom
Address
48 Princes Gardens
SW7 2PE London
WUPPERTAL INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Germany
Address
Doeppersberg 19
42004 Wuppertal