Europe’s transition to sustainability: Actors, approaches and policies

Fernandez, Rosa, Schoenefeld, Jonas, Hoerber, Thomas and Oberthur, Sebastian (2021) Europe’s transition to sustainability: Actors, approaches and policies. The International Spectator, 56 (3). pp. 1-6. ISSN 0393-2729

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In 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal (EGD, see EC [2019]) as a strategic framework for policy development to achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (see Dupont et al. 2020). The EGD offers an opportunity to reflect on the complexity of achieving long-term sustainability through enhanced public action in a number of relevant EU policy areas. Amidst a plethora of policy challenges (such as the refugee crisis or Brexit and Covid-19), this Special Issue uses the new context created by the EGD to engage in the debate on key topics related to this transition towards sustainability. The EGD may become the extension of ecological modernisation (Jänicke 2008), where environmental protection became a perceived chance rather than a cost. By delivering the EGD, the EU may put its action and money behind this idea.

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Additional Information: Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the UACES Research Network ‘The Role of Europe in Global Challenges: Climate Change and Sustainable Development’ for the organisation of a dedicated online workshop. The Jean Monnet Network ‘Governing the EU’s climate and energy transition in turbulent times’ (GOVTRAN:, which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, deserves credit for additional support.
Uncontrolled Keywords: political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3320
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 01:35
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:02
DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2021.1966188

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