Trans European Policy Studies Association Launches Book tackling Climate Change Policy in Europe

The latest edition in the ‘Future of Europe’ series analyses 
the impacts of climate change across 39 European countries.

BRUSSELS, 05/04/2023: The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) has published the book “Climate Change and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”.

The volume is edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt, and is published by Springer as part of the ‘Future of Europe’ series. This book is the fifth edition in the broader series to be coordinated by TEPSA, collecting national perspectives on the impacts of, and actions taken to tackle, climate change from authors in 39 European countries within and beyond the borders of the European Union. It is “a political travel guide taking you on a tour through the political diversity of Europe”.

While the ambitious objectives outlined in the EU’s Green Deal aim at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, national implementation greatly varies depending on local geographies, history, culture, economics, and politics. This book analyses Member States’ and EU neighbours’ national efforts to combat climate change. It subsequently draws on these factors to highlight local challenges, tensions, and opportunities on the road towards climate neutrality, making concrete recommendations on how individual countries and the EU as a whole should deal with the climate crisis.

In his foreword, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the EU Green Deal Frans Timmermans noted the need for European countries to work together in climate action: “As Europe, we need to show leadership and intensify our efforts with partners around the world to ensure a global leap in ambition – and deliver on that ambition”. To see how Europe can move forward as one, we must first understand each country’s unique perspective. This level of understanding if the book’s main aim.

With this book’s launching event, TEPSA and Egmont will host the public debate “Towards a Climate Neutral Europe: Building Unity from Diversity”, welcoming DG CLIMA Director General Kurt Vandenberghe to present the EU’s current climate policies and objectives. The debate will be followed by an open Q&A and drinks reception.

The event will take place at the Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels on 10 May at 18:15-19:30 CET, and the book will be presented to and discussed by policy-makers, journalists and civil society actors. 

Read the full press release here.

You can learn more about the book here.

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