Past Events

Towards 2020: A New Chapter in Europe's Climate Change Policy

December 20, 2012

While the European community has worked to find a path towards economic stability and growth, the continent’s financial crises have also served as a distraction from needed climate and energy policies. The EU has long been a driving force in international negotiations on climate change, and took part in the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol running from 2013 to 2020. On January 1, 2013, the European Union (EU) stepped forward to lead the movement for needed adaptation policies, including carbon pricing and renewables, by adopting its “20-20-20” package. The new program set European-wide targets for 2020, including environmental targets that build on the Kyoto Protocol, and impacting sectors falling under both the EU emissions trading system and renewable energy.

On April 3, the EU's Director of the European Commission's Climate Action Directorate, Artur Runge-Metzger, discussed the newly adopted program as part of SCEPA's lecture series on the economics of Climate Change. Within the EU, the Commission leads the effort to meet its 2020 targets, is responsible for international negotiations on climate, and implements the EU Emissions Trading System.

6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Wollman Hall, 66 West 12th Street, 5th Floor
The New School

This event was generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK).