Of the People, by the People, for the People? The European Union’s Experience with Private Environmental Regulation and Enforcement

in L. Senden & M. de Cock Buning (eds.), Private Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: finding the right balance from the citizens perspective (Forthcoming 2020, Hart publishing)

33 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019

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Suzanne Kingston

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Edwin Alblas

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Date Written: December 12, 2019

Abstract

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the difference between a global temperature rise of 1.5°C and 2°C is clear in its conclusions: every half a degree counts. Capping temperature rises at 1.5°C would significantly limit our exposure to extreme weather, droughts and rising water levels, but would require ‘rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities’.

As the 2018 Nobel prize winner William D Nordhaus concludes, however, the reality is that ‘most countries are on a business-as-usual (BAU) trajectory of minimal policies to reduce their emissions, taking non-cooperative policies that are in their national interest, but far from ones which would represent a global cooperative policy’.

Keywords: climate, change, global, temperature, cooperative, policy

Suggested Citation

Kingston, Suzanne and Alblas, Edwin, Of the People, by the People, for the People? The European Union’s Experience with Private Environmental Regulation and Enforcement (December 12, 2019). in L. Senden & M. de Cock Buning (eds.), Private Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: finding the right balance from the citizens perspective (Forthcoming 2020, Hart publishing), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3502800 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3502800

Suzanne Kingston (Contact Author)

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

Edwin Alblas

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

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