Competition Law Solutions for the Planet: EU competition policy should foster sustainability initiatives, not hinder them

by Oliver Bretz & Daniele Pinto

On September 23 world leaders from politics and business, as well as a famous teenage activist from Sweden, gathered in New York for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Their message was stark: the world is running out of time, urgent action to limit climate change is needed.

The thrust of that message is that “business as usual” is not a viable method of solving the crisis, and a rapid push toward sustainable development is required. Such a push will require greater cooperation between companies, which in turn raises the question whether EU competition law is fit for this purpose.

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