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Sustainability—A Long, Hard Road

  • Ferdinand KerschnerEmail author
  • Erika Wagner
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Abstract

Sustainability—a term compromising a group of themes and being of immense importance for today’s and all future generations. It has developed in last decades to one of the most central concepts in environmental law and poses an important component of political and juridical aims. The Treaty of Amsterdam implemented sustainability in primary law as a basic objective of the European Union. As a consequence, the EU established the Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) with the aim to improve the living situation of all generations. Also on a national level, many measures have been taken to enhance the “sustainable development” approach. But one has to ask the question: does the concept of sustainability work? Do the measures taken, inter alia, in the fields of transport, energy, climate change and waste management lead to the desired success or is it just a sublime goal, a program without (sufficient) implementation? Or is it even just a tokenism?

Keywords

Sustainable development Environmental law Climate change law Traffic law Industrial plant law Energy law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Johannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria

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