Climate Change Politics in Europe: Germany and the by Lyn Jaggard

By Lyn Jaggard

In the twenty first century the weather swap debate is more and more relocating up the schedule. during this topical e-book Lyn Jaggard evaluates the function of rules within the evolution of the politics of weather swap. She investigates the evolution of weather swap coverage within the ecu Union and in particular Germany's position within the diplomacy of weather switch. Jaggard argues that Germany's federal method has facilitated the political mainstreaming of renowned environmental issues which has ended in the advance of potent environmental household and international policy-making, influencing either ecu and wider weather switch policy.

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It is not within the remit of this study to reproduce verbatim the detail given, it will suffice to list the sub-headings: Expansion of combined heat and power generation; Adoption of the energy saving ordinance; Subsidy programme to reduce CO2 in existing buildings; Declaration by German industry on climate protection; Package of measures for the transport sector; Creation of an additional working party to the interministerial working group on CO2 reduction; Voluntary commitment by the Federal Government; Other greenhouse gases.

Whilst Germany’s contributions to UNCED will be examined, Germany is not the main focus of this section. UNCED was held on 3–14 June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. The ministries that were responsible for Germany’s contribution to the conference were the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. 8 The Rio Declaration; The Biodiversity Treaty; The Statement of Forest Principles; Agenda 21; and The Framework Convention on Climate Change are the five major agreements that are associated with UNCED.

The slowing of environmental policy-making during the oil crisis also demonstrates such linkages. Beuermann and Jäger generally seem to be far more critical of Germany’s contribution to climate change politics and indeed to its contribution to climate change itself. They state that ‘The per capita CO2 emissions in Germany are about three times the global average and about twice the average for the EU countries as a whole’ (Beuermann & Jäger, 1996:191). It is not stated when this comparison was made, however most of the other statistics given on that page are for between 1987 and 1993.

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