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The politics of climate change in Germany: ambition versus lobby power


Michaelowa, Axel (2013). The politics of climate change in Germany: ambition versus lobby power. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 4(4):315-320.

Abstract

In 30 years of climate policy in Germany, a high level of declared ambition has coexisted with an eclectic mix of climate policy measures. Well-organized lobbies were either exempt from policy instruments such as the energy tax or directly benefitted from them, as in the case of the renewable feed-in tariff or windfall profits from free allocation of emissions allowances. As a result, German emissions mitigation is much more costly than it would have to be. Moreover, the challenges because of the imminent phase-out of nuclear power are increasing due to failures in a number of relevant policy fields such as offshore wind, grid reinforcement, and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

In 30 years of climate policy in Germany, a high level of declared ambition has coexisted with an eclectic mix of climate policy measures. Well-organized lobbies were either exempt from policy instruments such as the energy tax or directly benefitted from them, as in the case of the renewable feed-in tariff or windfall profits from free allocation of emissions allowances. As a result, German emissions mitigation is much more costly than it would have to be. Moreover, the challenges because of the imminent phase-out of nuclear power are increasing due to failures in a number of relevant policy fields such as offshore wind, grid reinforcement, and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 13:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:15
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1757-7780
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.224
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-86545

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