What is our common arctic?

Cruise ship in the ice
A more sustainable EU-arctic nexus in light of the European green deal, writes High North Center's researcher Andreas Raspotnik.

Researcher Andreas Raspotnik at the High North Center for Business and Governance has written an article about this subject for the Polar Journal.

Coincidently it's actually quite handy as we argue that the EU is a global multi-level force and a major promoter of the concept of sustainable development, and as such can also be a leader in setting standards for a more sustainable interaction between a major economy and the Arctic region. 

On the premise that the path towards a more comprehensive and integrated EU Arctic policy should focus on implementing more robust environmental policies in Europe, this paper argues that developing a distinct EU Arctic policy should only be regarded as secondary to building a – predominantly internal – regulatory framework that considers the ongoing changes in the Arctic. This article analyses the EU’s capacity to be a global regulator and to set internal environmental standards with external influence on the Arctic. 

Specifically, this paper is concerned with the extent to which EU environmental policies and legislations can be regarded as contributing to the promotion of sustainable development in the Arctic with an analyses of the EU’s energy climate policy complex.

Read the entire article here:

Our common arctic A more sustainable EU arctic nexus in light of the European green deal.pdf​​​​​

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