The Role of the European Union and China in Global Climate Change Negotiations: A Critical Analysis

Journal of European Integration History, Vol. 18, pp. 67-81, 2012

15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2012

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

Although climate change is a truly global issue, for the purposes of this article only two main players in the global climate change negotiations will be analyzed: the European Union (EU) and China. Each one of them is geographically and socially diverse, which is taken into account when analyzing them. China and the EU are the world’s first and third largest emitters of CO2 respectively in absolute terms, and the EU has some of the strongest domestic support to address the climate change challenge. In the bilateral relations between China and the EU, climate change is an important part of the agenda. Both parties are keen to improve the climate situation globally. The article first analyzes the Chinese position in climate negotiations. It then deals with the EU’s position by analyzing the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cuts and emissions trading scheme.

Keywords: global climate change negotiations, China, European Union, aviation, EU emissions trading scheme

JEL Classification: K32, K33, N50, N55, O13

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael, The Role of the European Union and China in Global Climate Change Negotiations: A Critical Analysis (May 1, 2012). Journal of European Integration History, Vol. 18, pp. 67-81, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2049711

Rafael Leal-Arcas (Contact Author)

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law ( email )

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