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A New Direction in Europe's Climate Change Policy
Director, European Commission's Climate Action Directorate of The European Union
While the European community has worked to find a path towards economic stability and growth, the continent’s financial crises have also served as a distraction from needed climate and energy policies. The EU has long been a driving force in international negotiations on climate change, and is now taking part in the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol running from 2013 to 2020. On January 1st, the European Union (EU) stepped forward to lead the movement for needed adaptation policies, including carbon pricing and renewables, by adopting its “20-20-20” package. The new program sets European-wide targets for 2020, includes environmental targets that build on the Kyoto Protocol, and impacts sectors falling under both the EU emissions trading system and renewable energy.
On April 3, the EU’s Director of the European Commission's Climate Action Directorate, Artur Runge-Metzger, will discuss the newly adopted program as part of SCEPA’s lecture series on the Economics of Climate Change. Within the EU, the Commission leads the effort to meet its 2020 targets, is responsible for international negotiations on climate, and implements the EU Emissions Trading System.
This event is generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK).