Planet over Profit? A Reality Check of Europe’s Aspirational Climate Policies

dc.contributor.author Jungwirth, Tomáš
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-21T14:13:36Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-21T14:13:36Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.description.abstract The European Green Deal (EGD) aspires to become the transformational agenda putting the European Union’s (EU’s) economies and societies firmly on the path towards sustainability. This paper casts in doubt several presumptions inherent to it, notably that Paris Agreement-compliant emission reduction trajectories are complementary to strong economic growth. Moreover, it frames some of the trade-offs that will shape the reality of the green transition in Europe and beyond, showing that meeting the environmental, social and economic objectives all at the same time is for the most part just a mirage, even if a politically expedient one. Europe’s leaders are asked to take these realities into consideration when designing EGD-related policies so as to avoid both problem shifting and raising unrealistic expectations among the public. The urgency of the crisis at our hands deserves nothing short of a sober assessment and an evidence-based response, in line with the physical realities and constraints of the world we live in. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship European Commission - Operating grant - European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://doi.org/20.500.11825/2336
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.25330/1228
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Global Campus of Human Rights en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Briefs 2021;
dc.subject European Union en_US
dc.subject environmental policy en_US
dc.subject sustainable development en_US
dc.title Planet over Profit? A Reality Check of Europe’s Aspirational Climate Policies en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
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