Climate and energy policy: more credible targets needed

The Copen­hagen con­fer­ence in Decem­ber 2009 has been regard­ed as a fail­ure due to the fact that it did not suc­ceed in pro­duc­ing a bind­ing agree­ment. The con­fer­ence also pro­vid­ed unique insight into the lim­its of the Euro­pean Union’s influ­ence in this sec­tor as a result of Amer­i­can and Chi­nese dom­i­nance dur­ing the nego­ti­at­ing stages of the conference.

It appears that the EU needs to adopt a high­er pro­file and more cred­i­ble tar­gets when it comes to its ener­gy and cli­mate pol­i­cy if it wants to become more influ­en­tial on the inter­na­tion­al stage. The Copen­hagen con­fer­ence clear­ly high­light­ed the weak posi­tion that the EU pos­sess­es in the cli­mate change debate. If the EU is to regain the ini­tia­tive, it must adopt more coher­ent and con­sis­tent poli­cies in both areas.

A glob­al agree­ment with­in the Unit­ed Nation Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) is the most effec­tive pol­i­cy frame­work to pur­sue, as it would ensure the most com­pre­hen­sive approach pos­si­ble to address­ing such a glob­al phenomenon.

Mal­ta ful­ly sup­ports financ­ing such efforts in devel­op­ing coun­tries, as long as such mea­sures are seri­ous­ly monitored.

The reports focus on a report­ing peri­od from Decem­ber 2009 until May 2010. This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March and April 2010. Most of the 31 reports were deliv­ered in May 2010.

The EU-27 Watch No. 9 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.