Tag Archives: EU environment policy

The EU’s unique role in helping us to respond to environmental threats

EU flag and space for textThis post is by Nigel Haigh, director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) 1980- 98 and chair of Green Alliance 1989-98. He is author of the forthcoming book EU Environmental Policy – its journey to centre stage  (to be published in December by Routledge)

As the debate around an in/out EU referendum intensifies, I am sure others will point out that it is because of the EU that we now have low energy light bulbs and separate our biodegradable kitchen waste to reduce methane emissions from landfills. There are plenty of other examples,  mandatory air quality standards being particularly relevant just now. Read more

Is there anything Germany can learn from UK green policy?

This is a guest post by Dr Caroline Jackson, a UK-based expert and consultant on EU environment policy, and a former Conservative MEP. It was written in advance of Green Alliance’s annual debate, which is being held tonight in association with the German embassy.

I am bound to view this question from a European perspective, having been an MEP and chairman of the European Parliament’s environment committee.  National green policies are now subsumed within an EU framework, where we should all be doing much the same, subject to the degree of variation that directives allow.

Germany supplied the vital driving force behind EU environmental policies when these took off in the mid 1970s. They had the money and they could afford to comply with ambitious targets for controlling pollution and, more recently, for switching to new solutions to cope with and hopefully reverse climate change. By contrast, the British attitude has been to raise questions about the legitimacy, effectiveness and practicality of EU actions. Read more