This book is a result of Jean Monnet Module-based course on the European Union (EU) domestic and external environmental policies, which was implemented at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia, during 2016–2019.
It offers an overview of the current debates on environmental issues in world politics, exposing the policies and global role of the EU respectfully. The book’s domestic policy foci are the three chapters on the implementation of EU policies on member states’ case studies: biodiversity in Slovenia (Chapter 2 by Nuša Muršič), energy self-sufficiency and supply security in Slovenia (Chapter 3 by Martina Furlan, Ina Pantner Volfand and Iris Šömen), and waste management systems in Romania (Chapter 5 by Leah van Oorschot and Brooke Sutherland). Katja Miklavčič and Sofia Proni Iglič offer an overview of politically disputable effects of Carbon Capture Storage technology as an aspect of climate change mitigation.
Finally, the EU’s external action in the field of environmental protection is analysed in three book chapters. The soft power aspect of EU’s environmental policy in the case of EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership is studied by Ajda Hedžet and Dora Matejak (Chapter 6). Magdalena Rakovec and Samo Smole research the role of the EU in the environmental policies of the Arctic Council (Chapter 7) and the EU’s cooperation with Africa in the field of energy is analysed by Ana Klemen and Patrik Bole (Chapter 8).
The book is freely available here.