The Governance of Climate Relations Between Europe and Asia

The Governance of Climate Relations Between Europe and Asia

Evidence from China and Vietnam as Key Emerging Economies

Leuven Global Governance series

Edited by Hans Bruyninckx, Qi Ye, Nguyen Quang Thuan and David Belis

The Governance of Climate Relations between Europe and Asia offers a thorough empirical study of the most fundamental dynamics involved in EU climate relations with China and Vietnam in the context of global climate governance.

Chapter 1: Introduction: governing climate relations between Europe and Asia in a restructuring world order

David Belis, Hans Bruyninckx, Qi Ye and Nguyen Quang Thuan

Subjects: asian studies, asian environment, environment, asian environment, climate change, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, environmental law, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, international relations

Extract

This book provides a thorough empirical study of the most fundamental dynamics, practices and policy processes involved in Europe–Asia climate relations, with a specific focus on China and Vietnam as key emerging economies. Due to double-digit economic growth and related booming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, major Asian developing economies such as China and, to a lesser extent, India have moved centre-stage in all important areas of global governance (Dryzek et al. 2011; Wouters et al. 2012). This restructuring of the global world order is having a profound impact on the global climate regime, as established by the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since the 2009 Copenhagen summit, China in particular has assumed a pivotal role in international climate negotiations (Grubb 2010: 127). As a result, the relationship between Asia and the most active player in the climate regime, the European Union (EU), has become a key element for future climate governance practices (Belis and Schunz 2012; Schreurs 2010: 89).