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Upcoming Talk | Climate Policy in the EU

November 27, 2017

Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 6:00 – 7:30pm | Parrington Hall 309

Current EU Fellow, and expert in environmental and energy systems, Dr. Jürgen Salay will present a talk focused on climate policy and mitigation efforts in the European Union.


The European Union is probably the region of the world where most practical policy experimentation has taken place in the field of environment and climate change. In the past twenty-five years the EU has developed a comprehensive set of domestic climate policies and has emerged as a global leader international climate negotiations.

In his talk, Dr Salay will give a background on EU climate policy, explain the main objectives and targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions in the EU, and update on the latest developments. He will also relate EU climate policy to international climate negotiations and discuss challenges for the future.

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. From 1999 to 2009, he represented the EU in international climate negotiations.

Dr Salay works as a civil servant for the European Commission in Brussels where he is monitoring EU Member States’ obligations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 and preparing legislation for further reductions by 2030. Salay joined the European Commission in 2003 after four years as senior advisor with the Swedish National Energy Agency. Before becoming a civil servant, he was a researcher and independent consultant on Eastern Europe affairs focusing on energy and environment.

He holds a PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems Studies from Lund University, Sweden, a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor degree in Economic History and East European Studies. He is the 2017/18 EU Fellow at The Center for West European Studies and the European Union Center, University of Washington, Seattle.