Climate Policy in Europe

Jürgen Salay
June 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


CK Choi, Rm. #351, University of British Columbia
1855 West Mall
Vancouver , BC

How the European Union agreed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and what legislation it has adopted to deliver.

Join us for a talk by Jürgen Salay, policy officer at the European Commission and 2017-2018 EU Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Abstract: The European Union is probably the region of the world where most practical policy experimentation has taken place in the field of climate legislation.  In the past twenty years the EU has developed a comprehensive set of domestic climate policies and has emerged as a global leader in international climate negotiations. Earlier this year, the EU adopted new legislation to meet its 2030 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 % compared to 1990.

In his talk, Dr. Salay will give a background to EU climate and clean energy policy, and update on the latest developments in climate legislation. He will focus on the EU’s emission trading system (ETS) and the effort sharing among EU Member States of emission reductions in the sectors outside the ETS.


Bio: Jürgen Salay is an expert on European climate policy with close to 20 years of professional experience in preparing, negotiating and implementing climate legislation on national and European Union level. He has worked extensively in the field of international and EU climate action, including on EU policies and measures, the European Emissions Trading System and climate co-operation with Russia and Eastern Europe. He holds a PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems Studies from Lund University, Sweden, a Master in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Economic History and East European Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden.  He is the 2017-18 EU fellow at The Center for West European Studies and the European Union Center, University of Washington, Seattle.