The fundamental aim of competition law is the protection of consumer welfare. This has largely been measured in strict economic terms, by focusing on factors such as price, quality and innovation. Environmental considerations, on the other hand, have typically been regarded as non-economic and unquantifiable and, therefore, have been marginalised when assessing consumer welfare.
However, as the general awareness of climate change grows and the physical effects of climate change become all too apparent, it has become clear that it is indeed possible to measure the economic impact of climate change. Thus, with the Green Deal at the heart of the European Commission, it is apparent that competition law should become part of the solution and play a role in mitigating the impact of the current climate crisis.
During this fascinating discussion we will be joined by Johannes Luebking Head of Antitrust, Energy and Environment Unit at DG COMP | European Commission.We hope to see you there!
Head of Antitrust, Energy and Environment Unit at DG COMP | European Commission
Dr Johannes Lübking, LL.M. (EUI), is head of DG Competition's antitrust unit in the sectors energy and environment. He is leading a number of antitrust and cartel investigations in the European electricity, gas and bioethanol markets. From 2018 until July 2019, he was also Acting Director of the directorate, overseeing the work done in the field of state aid and merger control in addition to leading the antitrust investigations.
Prior to joining the energy directorate in 2015, Mr Lübking headed various merger units, leading high-profile investigations in the telecom, technology and financial services sector, as well as the Merger Case Support and Policy unit. In this capacity, he coordinated the Commission’s merger cases and policy projects and represented DG COMP in international for a, like the ICN Merger Working Group.
Before joining the European Commission in 2001, Mr Lübking worked for several years in private practice and as in-house counsel in Frankfurt/Germany. Mr Lübking holds a doctorate of the University of Göttingen/Germany and an LL.M of the European University Institute in Florence/Italy in International and European Law. He graduated in law at the University of Göttingen and passed the bar exam in Berlin.