Introduction and Context

  • Oscar Fitch-RoyEmail author
  • Jenny Fairbrass
Part of the Progressive Energy Policy book series (PEP)


This chapter surveys the historical development of climate and energy policy in the EU and the attendant scholarly attention paid to environmental and climate policy and politics. The significance of the 2030 framework for the future direction of EU climate mitigation efforts is set out, the authors arguing that the policy represents a distinct shift towards technology neutrality. Following an overview of the literature on EU interest groups and socio-technical transitions, the chapter concludes by identifying the impact of interest groups on the policy agenda as the focus of the study.


European Union Climate policy Energy policy Socio-technical transitions Interest groups Agenda-setting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy Policy GroupUniversity of ExeterPenrynUK
  2. 2.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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