1st Edition

Cases in Climate Change Policy
Political Reality in the European Union

ISBN 9781853834141
Published February 11, 1997 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

This volume examines case studies on EU countries' policy to combat climate change, examining the constraints of and opportunities for the implementation of climate change strategies in these countries. The introductory section provides an overview of the climate change problem and its potential effects, examining the roles of different greenhouse gases, the main emission sources, the likely consequences of climate change and the scope for abatement and adapation. The second part consists of six detailed case studies on diverse national strategies. The book concludes with a comparative analysis of the findings of the case studies, and suggestions for approaches to implement emission reduction strategies.

Table of Contents

The Climate Change Challenge * The Energy Dimension * Routes of Reducing Transport-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions * The EU and Climate Change Policy: The Struggle Over Policy Competences * Leadership and Unification: Climate Change Policies in Germany * 'Windfall' Emission Reductions in the UK * Italy: Implementation Gaps and Budget Deficits * France: Relying on Past Reductions and Nuclear Power * Spain: Fast Growth in CO2 Emissions * Sweden: The Dilemma of a Proposed Nuclear Phase Out * Comparative Analysis and Conclusions * Index

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Uti Collier is a research fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, where she is also coordinator of the Working Group on Environmental Studies. Ragner E Lofstedt is a lecturer in social geography at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, and a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.