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Editorial journal article

Harro van Asselt, Michael Mehling

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 4 (2010), Issue 3, Page 215 - 218

Does the European Union still matter when it comes to mitigating global climate change? While this question may appear overly dramatized, observers of the international climate change debate have started to wonder whether the EU is still able to influence the course of negotiations on a post-2012 climate regime. Contrary to a wide misperception, the EU did have a seat at the table when the Copenhagen Accord was being drafted in December 2009. Yet the final agreement is seen primarily as a deal brokered between the United States and China. On crucial issues, the Accord does not reflect the official negotiating stance of the EU. Among many other elements, it does not provide an indication of how – let alone when – to arrive at a legally binding agreement, nor does it set out specific levels of greenhouse gas emissions that major emitters should achieve in coming years.


Improving the Clean Development Mechanism Post-2012: A Developing Country Perspective journal article

Nhan Nguyen, Minh Ha-Duong, Sandra Greiner, Michael Mehling

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 4 (2010), Issue 1, Page 10

lean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows developed countries to cofinance projects realized in developing countries in exchange for certificates of greenhouse gas emission reductions. Identifying a future for this mechanism has become an urgent matter for international climate negotiations, given that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012. Also, the CDM remains the only established instrument allowing an active role for the developing world in mitigation activities. In recent years, this mechanism has


In the Market - Market-Based Instruments for International Shipping: Progress on the Horizon? journal article

Michael Mehling

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 3 (2009), Issue 4, Page 3

uting roughly 3.3 % of global emissions, shipping is a significant and rapidly growing source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.1 In the absence of ambitious new mitigation policies, recent emissions scenarios suggest that emissions from marine vessels may grow by a factor of 2 or 3 over current levels by 2050 because of sustained growth in maritime shipping.2 But shipping is also one of the most energy-efficient means of transportation, currently facilitating over 80% of world trade; as international trade flows continue to expand, moving


Current Developments journal article

Camilla Bausch, Michael Mehling, Leonardo Massai, Andrea Hudson Campbell

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 2 (2008), Issue 1, Page 11

logic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin/Washington, D.C. More than any previous year, 2007 saw momentum build for concerted international action on climate change. With a lively public debate and several highprofile events, global warming enjoyed unprecedented media attention and also a prominent place on the political agenda as the year came to an end. Against this backdrop, more than 10,000 participants convened in Bali, Indonesia, from 3 to 15 December 2007 for the 13th Conference of Parties to


Tracking down the Future Climate Regime – An Assessment of Current Negotiations under the U.N. journal article

Camilla Bausch, Michael Mehling

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 1 (2007), Issue 1, Page 13

dynamic subject matter in a growing array of societal responses to environmental degradation. During this process, it has been literally promoted to a symbolic status, reflecting the many challenges humanity will face in reconciling continued development with the need to distribute environmental and economic burdens equitably across regions as well as generations. Environmental issues have rarely attracted as much attention as climate change does nowadays, with a series of influential documentaries1, reports2 and public events3 projecting


The European Union and Climate Change: Leading the Way towards a Post-2012 Regime? journal article

Michael Mehling, Leonardo Massai

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 1 (2007), Issue 1, Page 8

ervers of past and current negotiations on international climate policy are likely to agree that the European Union1 has been a consistent advocate of stringent mitigation commitments, often calling for more ambitious climate efforts against strong resistance in several industrialised and developing countries. Going by its own statements, Europe has increasingly assumed the role of a climate leader, and is consciously fostering this perception both towards its Member States and in its relations with third states.2 Such leadership can manifest i


Current Developments journal article

Francesco Sindico, Leonardo Massai, Michael Mehling

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 1 (2007), Issue 2, Page 8

, Guildford In past months, climate change has been debated at the United Nations (UN) headquarters on several occasions. The first occasion was at the Security Council, where a ministerial-level open debate on the relationship between energy, security and climate change was held in April.1 Following that debate, climate change was then brought up before the General Assembly from 31 July to 2 August in the Informal Thematic Debate on Climate Change as a Global Challenge.2 Broad and important issues, such as the linkage between climate and