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The European Commission’s Energy and Climate Policy

A Climate for Expertise?


Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment Series book series (ECE)

About this book


This book offers a deep insight into the genesis and development of the European Commission's energy and climate legislation, focusing on the interplay of politics and science. How does the Commission react when confronted with knowledge? According to the author, the Commission functions as catalyst transforming knowledge into politics.


climate Climate Policy energy energy policy environment environmental policy European Commission European Union (EU) Institution Policy politics work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Berlin Graduate School of Social SciencesHumboldt UniversityGermany

About the authors

Jonas Dreger is a policy advisor on environmental policy. He gained his MA from the College of Europe, Belgium, and worked as a doctoral researcher at the BGSS at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His research covers climate and energy policy, lobbying and EU institutions.

Bibliographic information


"The EU energy and climate package of 2008 is a milestone in climate and energy policy that has firmly established Europe's leadership in this critical field. As we discuss our new policy framework beyond 2020, this book is a very timely contribution for practitioners and scholars alike. It captures well how the European Commission reconciled the necessary with the politically achievable when proposing the 2008 package." - J.M. Barroso, President of the European Commission

"A meticulous study of the world's first attempt to set up a large-scale carbon trading system to reduce CO2 emissions. It will be of interest not only to students of the politics of climate change and the governance of the EU, but to those initiating or contemplating parallel programmes in other parts of the world today"- Anthony Giddens, author of The Politics of Climate Change

"This book provides important new insights into internal Commission dynamics in the issue area of climate change. I warmly recommend it." - Jørgen Wettestad, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway

"The volume is rich with inspiration for the IPE community no doubt it will spur new directions in theorising on energy governance, as it explicitly aspires to do." - Europe-Asia Studies

"Readers from the energy industry although they are not Dreger's target audience can learn a lot from the book and better understand many details of the ETS and the renewables Directive ... this book is certainly a major contribution to political and organizational science and offers many insights in the dynamics of decision-making." - European Energy Journal