New Featured Article!

“Unintended Consequences: Climate Change Policy in a Globalizing World”

June 25, 2018

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Unintended Consequences: Climate Change Policy in a Globalizing World”—comes from Volume 3 (2012). In her article, Yda Schreuder explains how the cap-and-trade system introduced by the European Union (EU) in order to comply with carbon emissions reduction targets under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Kyoto Protocol (1997) has in some instances led to the opposite outcome of the one intended. In fact, the ambitious energy and climate change policy adopted by the EU—known as the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)—has led to carbon leakage and in some instances to relocation or a shift in production of energy-intensive manufacturing to parts of the world where carbon reduction commitments are not in effect.

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Drax power station in North Yorkshire, England, was the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide in the United Kingdom until 2016 (photograph by Les Haines, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0).

is Professor of Geography and Senior Policy Fellow in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Corporate Greenhouse: Climate Change Policy in a Globalizing World (2009). She has also written several articles on the topic—published in Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society and Energy and Environment—and has researched the implications of the UNFCCC climate change regime and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on global shift s in production of energy intensive industries. An earlier version of this article was presented at the Nature Inc. Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 2011.

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