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Competition Law, Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability

Simon Holmes, Dirk Middelschulte, Martijn Snoep

The consensus is clear - climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Meeting this challenge requires a collaborative and inclusive response from all segments of society - including private businesses. What role then for competition?

Should competition law prohibit competitors from agreeing to produce more energy-efficient goods, where this means higher prices for consumers? Is a dominant undertaking that switches to use only pricier recyclable packaging abusing its dominant position? Can the fact that a merger may lead to lower carbon emissions from production in the long-term be taken into account by competition authorities? Should State aid to coal-fired power plants be permitted?

To answer these questions, this book gathers a wide range of stakeholders, including academics, enforcers, lawyers, economists and industry representatives, who explore the applications and limitations of EU competition law to achieve environmental sustainability aims in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Commission’s Green Deal. They identify the challenges presented by the existing analytical framework as well as progressive developments undertaken in different jurisdictions to present pathways for meaningful and coordinated EU-wide reform.

Introduction by Suzanne Kingston.

With contributions from Fiona Beattie, Marc Braithwaite, Stephane Bredt, Anton Burger, Alec Burnside, Rosy Cheetham-West, Martyn Chu, Jerome Cloarec, Emma Cochrane, Marjolein De Backer, Angélique de Brousse, Isabelle De Silva, Gianni De Stefano, Sandrine Delarue, Eleni Diamantopoulou, Maurits Dolmans, Jordan Ellison, Tomaso Ferrando, Georgina Foster, Morgan Frontczak, Andreas Gayk, Ben Graham, Martijn Han, Marios Iacovides, Nicole Kar, Boris Kasten, Ioannis Lianos, Benjamin Linke, Claudio Lombardi, Michelle Meagher, Hugh Mullan, Grant Murray, Luc Peeperkorn, Laura Puglisi, Hendrik Reffken, Simon Roberts, Nicole Robins, Ian Rose, Maarten-Pieter Schinkel, Bella Spring, Delphine Strohl, Wendy Thian, Patrick Thieffry, Christopher Thomas, Leonard Treuren, Ella Van Der Brink, Theon Van Dijk, Chris Vrettos, Willem Vriesendorp, Mike Walker, James Webber, and Udo Woll.

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ISBN: 978-1-939007-72-8
Hardcover: 230€ - 290$ - 200£
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  • University of Oxford
  • Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
  • Unilever (Brussels)
  • Concurrences (Paris)

Publisher Concurrences

Date 26 March 2021

Number of pages 385