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After the Paris agreement: new challenges for the EU's leadership in climate policy

Nach dem Pariser Klimaabkommen: neue Herausforderungen für eine Vorreiterrolle der EU

Dröge, Susanne; Geden, Oliver

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract In December 2015, 195 countries adopted a new global climate agreement in Paris. It provides an expanded regulatory framework and specifies the goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A significant number of states including the U.S. are expected to ratify the Paris Agreement (PA) within the year. Industrialized nations have a strong obligation to keep up the momentum that was generated in Paris. If the European Union (EU) wants to maintain its leadership role, it should focus on two key tasks in 2016. First, it should speed up legislation to implement the climate and energy targets for 2030 adopted by the European Council, a political prerequisite for Member States' ratification of the PA. Second, it should expand and strengthen cooperation with the developing countries. For the immediate future, an increase in EU climate ambitions for 2030 or 2050 is not likely to become part of the political agenda. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; climate policy; climate protection; emission; international cooperation; environmental policy; energy policy; international agreement
Classification Ecology, Environment
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 19/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications