School of Transnational Governance

Florence School of Regulation

European Lessons for Transnational Climate Action: An Introduction

Programme Start Date


Delivery mode




Application Deadline

14/05/2021 - 23:59 Italian time

Registrations to open soon. Stay tuned!

Programme Description

The impacts of climate change are preoccupying citizens and policy-makers across the globe. Since climate change became a subject of international concern in the early 1990s, many actions have been undertaken. However, new evidence suggests that they are not sufficient to keep the increase in global average temperature well below degrees compared to pre-industrial levels. Countries around the world need to step up to take action.

By focusing on the European approach to climate change policies and governance, this course is designed to share and compare some key experiences while also enabling collaborative discussion around possible paths for the future. Ideal for policy-makers and practitioners working on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Agreement, the curriculum includes a full introduction to the instruments and policies that have been developed within the European Union. It provides insights and reflections on transnational climate cooperation, negotiations, and action at the international level.

Course Structure

Welcome online live class: Monday 17 May at 3-4pm CEST

Week 1: A Multilateral Approach to Climate Policy (17-23 May)

Online live class: Friday 21 May at 4-5pm CEST

Week 2: The many instruments of EU Climate Policy (24-30 May)

Online live class:Friday 28 May at 3-4pm CEST

Week 3: The EU Emissions Trading System (31 May- 6 June )

Online live class: Friday 4 June at 3-4pm CEST

Week 4: The EU transport sector (7 June-13 June)

Online live class: Friday 11 June at 3-4pm CEST

Week 5: The role of Energy in the EU Decarbonization Pathway (14 June-20 June)

Online live class: Friday 18 June at 3-4pm CEST

Week 6: Financing the transition to a low-carbon economy (21 June-27 June)

Online live class: Friday 25 June at 3-4pm CEST

Closing online live class: Wednesday 30 June at 3-4pm CEST

What you will learn

Critically assess the main steps the EU and its Member States have undertaken to set-up a comprehensive climate policy framework;
Evaluate the benefits and challenges of different policy instruments used by EU policy-makers;
Apply the European approach to other policy contexts and governance levels;
Examine and define concrete measures needed to accelerate climate policy action with a global and transnational perspective.

How you will learn

  • Self-paced learning with video lectures, readings and media resources
  • Weekly activities, quizzes, and discussion forums
  • One live class per week with your EUI instructors and external experts

Target Audience

This course is open to public and private sector professionals as well as academics, in particular those from non-European countries, wishing to gain a deeper understanding and insights into European climate policies and actions analysed through a transnational perspective.


Regular: € 850

Students (with certificate of current studies): € 400


Upon attendance of live classes and active engagement in the course activities, the participant will earn a Certificate of Completion of the course.



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