13 Mar '12, 4pm

Whisper it, but the EU’s climate strategy is working

The contradiction is striking. Just as the European Union faces arguably the greatest crisis since its inception, leaving it visibly diminished on the world stage, the bloc's ambitious and influential climate change strategy has never looked more powerful. This contrast was laid bare at last year's Durban Climate Summit where EU environment ministers were widely praised for the progressive and constructive role they played in delivering a new international agreement, at precisely the same time as Prime Ministers and Presidents were engaged in the latest round of desperate through-the-night meetings attempting to save the eurozone from collapse. It is also apparent in the bold response of the European Commission to the US and China's threats of a trade war over its plans to price carbon emissions from airlines, effectively telling one of the countries that holds a huge stak...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/james-blog/2159163/whispe...

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