Climate and Energy
Internationally, the European Union has been acknowledged as a forerunner in the adoption and implementation of sustainable energy and climate policies. But despite remarkable successes, the EU has also encountered serious difficulties on its way –yielding important learning experiences. In their reflection on "Climate and Energy – Lessons Learned: The European Perspective", Michael Mehling and Dr. Camilla Bausch outline the history and present of climate policy efforts in Europe, and identify the most important lessons that can be drawn from the European experience.
The authors presented their findings on 17 November 2008 in Washington DC at a German-American Dialogue on "Transatlantic Climate and Energy Cooperation", hosted by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP). The results of the event are reflected in the final version of the paper [pdf, 1.5 MB, English].
The paper is part of one of three AICGS Policy Reports, each written by a German and an American author. Aside from Michael Mehling and Dr. Camilla Bausch, Dr. Joseph E. Aldy, (Resources for the Future; Harvard Project) contributed the US American perspective to the paper on "Climate and Energy: Lessons Learned". The other two Policy Reports focus on “Bioenergy in Germany and the U.S. "and “Short-Term Climate and Energy Potentials", respectively. The policy reports are part of the AICGS "Climate Change and Energy Project 2008".