Adaptation to Climate Change in the European Union: Efficiency vs. Equity Considerations

CEPS Working Document No. 301

31 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2008

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Stine Aakre

Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Dirk T. G. Rübbelke

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Date Written: September, 29 2008

Abstract

EU climate policy based on GHG emissions reduction (mitigation) is coupled with measures aimed at responding efficiently to the unavoidable consequences of climate change (adaptation). However, as the European Commission stated recently in its Green Paper on adaptation in Europe, there is still need to develop an overall EU adaptation strategy. Moreover, such a strategy should take into consideration both efficiency and equity concerns. In this article we propose a framework for EU adaptation policy that addresses both concerns and which enables a transparent decision-making process. In the proposed scheme universal weightings of the individual policy objectives have to be agreed upon prior to actual decision-making.

Keywords: adaptation, climate change, cohesion, EU policies, public goods, weight factors

JEL Classification: D30, D61, H40, H50, Q54

Suggested Citation

Aakre, Stine and Rübbelke, Dirk T. G., Adaptation to Climate Change in the European Union: Efficiency vs. Equity Considerations (September, 29 2008). CEPS Working Document No. 301. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1275262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1275262

Stine Aakre

Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO) ( email )

CIENS, Gaustadalleén 21
P.B. 1129 Blindern
Oslo, 0318
Norway

Dirk T. G. Rübbelke (Contact Author)

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg ( email )

Freiberg, 09599
Germany

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