New book co-edited by Dr. Katja Biedenkopf brings together top international scholars to systematically examine the EU’s external environmental policy

The book "European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders" co-edited by Dr. Adelle Camilla, IES Senior Associate Researcher Dr. Katja Biedenkopf and Dr. Torney Diarmuid brings together top international scholars to systematically examine the EU’s external environmental policy. 

This book considers the environmental policies that the EU employs outside its borders. Using a systematic and coherent approach to cover a range of EU activities, environmental issues, and geographical areas, it charts the EU’s attempts to shape environmental governance beyond its borders. Key questions addressed include: What environmental norms, rules and policies does the EU seek to promote outside its territory? What types of activities does the EU engage in to pursue these objectives? How successful is the EU in achieving its external environmental policy objectives? What factors explain the degree to which the EU attains its goals? The book will be of interest to students and academics as well as practitioners in governments (both inside and outside of the EU), the EU institutions, think tanks, and research institutes.

The chapter "Climate Change: Adapting to Evolving Internal and External Dynamics", written by IES Senior Associate researcher Dr. Claire Dupont, IES Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür and Dr. Katja Biedenkopf, zooms in on the different mechanisms through which the EU pursues climate policy effects beyond its own borders. The EU has quite consistently been a major and reasonably influential player in international climate diplomacy and the UN climate negotiations (‘dialogues and negotiations’). Influence in international climate diplomacy has benefitted from the EU providing incentives (‘manipulating utility calculations’) and ‘capacity building’ to developing countries. It thereby altered the incentive structure of the recipients and enabled them to pursue more ambitious climate policy objectives. While EU external climate policy remains closely tied to domestic EU climate policy, further challenges are looming, including Brexit and the US climate policy U-turn under President Trump.