Adaptation to the Global Climate Change: Legal Analysis of the EU’s “Climate-Energy” Package

By Chiang-feng Lin.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Tackling climate change both internally and internationally has been an important issue on the EU agenda. To ensure coherent and effective adaptation measures are taken, the EU has adopted the climate-energy package in 2009 aiming to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 as well as to promote renewable energy. This legislation package that contains mitigation and adaptation measures has adopted six concrete laws; renewable energy, new emissions trading scheme (ETS), non-ETS emissions reduction, passenger cars’ emission standard, biofuels standards, and geologic storage of carbon dioxide. This paper analyzes and provides an overview of legal measures of the climate-energy package through examining six new acts thereof. Issues associated with implementation of these laws are also addressed respectively, and the likely influence of the climate-energy package on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) towards a post-2012 regime is explored. This article concludes that this package represents the EU’s concrete and determined action to tackle climate change as well as proves its capacity to achieve ambitious objectives thereof. In fact, this legislative package has significant contribution to global climate change adaptation as well as to future conclusion of a post-2012 international agreement on climate change.

Keywords: EU, Climate - Energy Package, Renewable Energy, ETS, Biofuels, Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide UNFCCC, Climate Change, Low Carbon Economy

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.131-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 682.314KB).

Prof. Chiang-feng Lin

Associate Professor, Department of International Trade, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan

Chiang-feng Lin was conferred his SJD, MBA, LL.M, MA degrees by the University of Wisconsin, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of International Trade, Tamkang University, and he has been appointed as the CEO of the EMBA Programs since August 1, 2009. He served as a consultant in the Taiwan WTO Center, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, a think tank for the Taiwan government for several years. He contributed efforts in Taiwan’s participation of the WTO and OECD negotiations. He is also a member of the Trade and Development Committee, Chinese National Federation of Industries, a leading industry association in Taiwan. He is now dedicating to the EU climate policies and laws research project sponsored by the National Science Council, Taiwan (NSC 98-2410-H-032-062); this article is part of this project. Thanks go to Ms. Bonnie Fan for her valuable opinions in the early draft of this article.

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