An analysis of EU’s climate policies against the background of Trump administration’s steps to “undo climate policies”

LI Huiming1

(1.School of Political Science and Law, University of Jinan)

【Abstract】U.S. President Trump has taken a series of measures to “undo climate policies” since he was in power, including America’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and the abolition of the Clean Power Plan, which has brought serious impacts on global climate governance. Trump administration’s policies have aroused widespread criticism and discontent from the international community. The European Union (EU), which has been actively promoting global climate governance and playing a leading role in the long term, has responded firmly by emphasizing that the Paris Agreement is not allowed to be renegotiated. Both the European Commission and the Council of the EU have made strong statements on this issue, indicating that the EU will continue to fully implement its commitments and its emission reduction measures and climate policies in the areas of finance, energy, transport and industry. The EU’s active promotion of global climate governance in the context of the U.S. withdrawal is mainly out of its strategic consideration to guarantee its strategic advantage in the low-carbon economy based on the global trend of low-carbon transition, to lead and shape the Paris climate process of global climate governance, and actively respond to the concerns of the European public towards global climate change so that Europe could continue to push forward the integration under the complicated internal and external security situations. The actions of the Trump administration will undoubtedly have a negative impact on global climate governance, but due to the EU’s resolute response and actions, the trends of global climate governance and low-carbon transformation will not be reversed.

【Keywords】 Trump administration; undo climate policies; EU; global climate governance; Paris Agreement;

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【Funds】 General Project of National Social Science Fund of China (18BGJ081)

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Vol 36, No. 05, Pages 43-60+6

October 2018

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  • 1 Trump administration’s action to “undo climate policies” and its impact
  • 2 EU’s response to Trump’s action to “undo climate policies” and its climate action
  • 3 Strategic considerations and impacts of EU climate policy against the background of Trump’s action to “undo climate policies”
  • 4 Conclusion
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