Year: 2021

Authors: Dr Bjorn Lomborg and Dr Sebastian Oberthür

ISSN: 2684-6667

DOI: 10.53121/ELFDP5

As climate governance remains high on the EU political agenda, this discussion paper examines the risks and benefits of EU climate governance from two very different standpoints.

In the first part of this paper, Dr Bjorn Lomborg argues that overinflated fears of climate change in the EU conduce to environmental policies demanding costly trade-offs, which hurt many sectors of the EU economy and stifle innovation. For his part, Dr Sebastian Oberthür responds by arguing that some trade-offs are inevitable, but the cost of inaction greatly exceeds the price of climate change mitigation.