Climate change and environmental protection are among the most urgent and complex issues that require global coordination and cooperation. In the past, the EU and the US have often played a vital role in moving international climate negotiations forward and delivering results. Their economies and regulatory bodies have long been drivers in technological innovation, in transitioning to low-carbon energy systems, and in advances made inter alia in transportation, agriculture and building efficiency.

The US decision to withdraw from the Paris accord is only the most visible sign of a complete and decided shift in environmental policy that the current US government has made from the previous administration’s policies. Cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, dismantling the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, scaling back national monuments while greenlighting new offshore-drilling and fracking sites, further indicate the change in direction.

What do recent changes in US climate and environmental policy mean for the future of transatlantic environmental cooperation, such as in global carbon markets? And what are likely ways forward in the transatlantic climate dialogue?



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Deputy Director-General of the DG for Environment
European Commission

Joanna Drake has been the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General (DG) for the Environment since March 2016. In this role, she is in charge of the coordination of Resource-efficiency policies and other legal instruments. By training, Joanna is a doctor of laws from the University of Malta, where she also lectured full time in the Department of European and Comparative Law. She held various legal and management posts in the private and public sector before joining the European Commission as head of the European Commission Representation in Malta in 2005. She also had a key role in the Malta-EU accession negotiations as member of the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee.

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Programme Director
Climate Change and Risk
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI

Dr. Malin Mobjörk is a senior researcher at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Director of SIPRI’s research programme Climate Change and Risk. Mobjörk’s expertise encompasses the intersection between climate change, security and development, and how policy organizations are responding to climate risks. She has recently published in Journal of European Integration, International Studies Review and WIRE Climate Change. Mobjörk is a senior adviser in the Expert group on Climate-related security risks initiated during Sweden’s membership of the UN Security Council (2017-2018). In spring 2018, she was a public policy fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, USA.

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Director European Office
Jacques Delors Institute

Geneviève Pons is an honorary Director of the European Commission (EC). She was in charge of environment and climate matters in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet during his last two mandates as President of the EC (1991-1995). She then held several management positions in the EC. She was appointed Director of the Legal Service of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2013 and Director of the European Office of WWF in June 2015. She is a graduate from the Sorbonne, Sciences-Po Paris and is a graduate of the ENA.



Professor of Environmental and Climate Policy
Hochschule für Politik (TU München)

Miranda Schreurs' main research areas are in international and comparative climate policy, environmental politics, and low-carbon energy transitions. In 2011 Schreurs was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a member of the German Ethics Commission on a Safe Energy Supply. From 2008 until 2016 she served as member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment and is vice chair of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils. 

Schreurs has her BA and MA from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has researched and taught at various Japanese universities and for a period of three years conducted research at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University supported by a grant awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. She was a tenured associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park before becoming director of the Environmental Policy Research Center and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2007.



Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

Michael Werz is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work as member of the National Security Team focuses on the nexus of climate change, migration, and security and emerging democracies, especially Turkey and Mexico. He has been a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund where his work focused on transatlantic foreign policy and the European Union. He is a graduate of Frankfurt University’s Institute for Philosophy and was professor at Hannover University in Germany.




Prof. Dr. Andreas Lange

Professor of Economics
Universität Hamburg

Andreas Lange joined the University of Hamburg as professor of economics in July 2010. Before, he had an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics, University of Heidelberg. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim, Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg as well as Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Maryland, AREC. He serves as editor for The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

His research includes theoretical, experimental and applied work on issues in public and environmental as well as behavioral economics. Recently, he conducted studies on, on emissions trading systems, and on policy decisions under risk and uncertainty. His current research comprises work on the voluntary provision of public goods, international environmental agreements as well policy decisions under risk and uncertainty.