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Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo Professor Shohei YONEMOTO

EU environmental diplomacy: continuities between the issue of cross-border atmospheric pollution and the diplomacy of global warming

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Project Description

The diplomatic strategy followed by the EU in leading international negotiations over the global warming issue are based on its long and deep experience acquired through multilateral negotiations among European countries over the cross-border atmospheric pollution issue dating back to the 1970s. The issue of cross-border atmospheric pollution that the issue of global warming are very similar to each other in that they both entail, for example, (a) a fusion of scientific research and diplomatic negotiation, and (b) a determination of how much each country is to cut back. In Japan, the general assessment of the EU emissions trading system (EU-ETS) tends to be excessively high; here, we must keep in mind that EU-ETS has two aspects, one being to set a precedent for governance in line with EU eastern expansion, and the other being to put the entire EU within an emission reduction framework. In our research, we (a) examine the behavioral principles underlying EU environmental negotiation as they pertain to continuities between cross-border atmospheric pollution policy and global warming negotiation, and (b) extract strategic implications for Japanese diplomats as relate to global warming negotiations and, in Asia, environmental collaboration.

Climate changeEnergy problem
Grant year
FY2008 Research Grants
Grant term
2 years
April 2009 - March 2011
Grant amount
8,987,000 yen
Activity region
Europe, East Asia
Researchers discuss European environmental diplomacy

Overview of the Organization

Professor Shohei Yonemoto
Professor Shohei Yonemoto
Specialist fields
History of science, science studies; global environmental issues
Affiliated academic society
Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies
1972 Graduate, Kyoto University, Faculty of Science; 1976 Entered the Mitsubishi Institute of Life Science; 1989 Section Chief, same; 2002 Director, Institute of Science and Technology; March 2007 Resignation from same Institute; July 2007 Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
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Collaborating researchers
Mari KOYANO, Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University; Tadashi OKIMURA, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, University of Shimane; Ayako OKUBO, Project Researcher, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
Research record
  • (1) What do we mean by "global economic issue"?, Iwanami Shoten, 1994.
  • (2) A call for 'intelligent' geopolitics, CHUOKORON-SHINSHA, INC.,1998.
  • (3) Environmental Diplomacy and Japanese Options," Japan Review of International Affairs" Vol. 12, No.4, pp248-266, 1999.
  • (4) Handling of cross-border environmental issues – international rivers; the case of the Tumen River, Choken Quarterly (winter edition), The Yomiuri Shimbun, pp. 53-62, 2000.
  • (5) The future of the Earth as seen from the rain forest, Science Journal KAGAKU, Vol. 71, No. 9, pp. 1172-1185, 2001.
  • (6) Thinking about emissions trading: ideological aspects to the debate, Energy Review, August, pp. 20, 21. 2008.
  • (7) Emissions trading—don't get fooled by the EU's "political card," Wedge, November, pp. 14-16, 2008.