The Future of EU Climate Change Technology and Sustainable Energy Diplomacy

FEPS Studies, October 2016

51 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2016

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Stephen Minas

Peking University - Peking University School of Transnational Law

Miriam Mep

European Parliament

Margot Wallström

DAV Institute of Management - The Swedish Parliament

Date Written: October 19, 2016

Abstract

The Paris Agreement has the potential to be a major inflection point in the global response to climate change. The Agreement explicitly locates primary regulatory agency and implementation concerning climate mitigation at the national level, through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and is also significant for enhancing the role of non-state actors in the UNFCCC process. The EU contributed to ambitious outcomes at the Paris conference. The strengths of EU diplomacy – normative leadership and deep programmatic, personnel and financial resources – are particularly apt to contribute to an implementation or ‘action’ phase, which climate and sustainable energy diplomacy has entered following the Paris conference. This diplomatic weight can be seen in the UNFCCC negotiations and other processes of climate and energy diplomacy. The EU’s climate diplomacy is also buttressed by its preeminent role in development assistance. In addition to the scale of EU diplomatic resources is their ability to function as a network, with EU Institutions and Member States mobilizing collectively and bringing particular strengths to particular missions. If it is to fulfil its potential, EU climate technology and sustainable energy diplomacy must contend with a number of significant challenges, including: the proliferation of international processes through which climate and sustainable energy policy are pursued; the growing urgency of stimulating technology development, transfer and uptake; and the increasing relative importance of large emerging economies as providers of climate technology and finance and as policy entrepreneurs.

Keywords: Diplomacy, Climate Change, Paris Agreement, Renewable Energy, EU

JEL Classification: F53, Q27, Q28, F50

Suggested Citation

Minas, Stephen and Mep, Miriam and Wallström, Margot, The Future of EU Climate Change Technology and Sustainable Energy Diplomacy (October 19, 2016). FEPS Studies, October 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859796

Stephen Minas (Contact Author)

Peking University - Peking University School of Transnational Law ( email )

Shenzhen
China

Miriam Mep

European Parliament

Bât. Altiero Spinelli
60 rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
Brussels, B-1047
Belgium

Margot Wallström

DAV Institute of Management - The Swedish Parliament

100 12 Stockholm
Sweden

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