Climate Clubs and International Trade across the European and International Landscape

European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 72-88, 2020

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 331/2020

17 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2020 Last revised: 9 Jul 2020

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Date Written: March 2, 2020

Abstract

This article provides a comprehensive examination of the greatest threat humanity faces today: climate change. It does so by looking at the legal, political, institutional, regulatory, and economic angles of climate change from the perspective of major emitters and the most relevant actors in the mitigation of climate change. The article offers a fresh understanding of the international trading system as a way to reach a prosperous, modern, and sustainable society that will help decarbonize the economy effectively. The article offers new ideas on the creation of a climate club linked to the international trade regime as an effective way to mitigate climate change. How should policies, regulations, laws, and agreements change to get us there? What incentives will be necessary to get there effectively? What has failed and why? We conclude that innovation and technology will be among the key elements of this equation, without which we will miss the goal.

Keywords: climate action, renewable energy, sustainability, storage, clean energy, technology, innovation, climate clubs, international trade

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael, Climate Clubs and International Trade across the European and International Landscape (March 2, 2020). European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 72-88, 2020, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 331/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3547513

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