Consensus, contradiction, and conciliation of interests: the geo-economics of the Energy Union

8 July 2015
Tor Håkon Inderberg (Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute), Thomas Sattich (Associate Researcher, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Daniel Scholten (Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology) and Inga Ydersbond (Ph.D fellow/student, University of Oslo)

Between now and 2050, the EU’s energy system will have to undergo a major transformation: decarbonised electricity generation with 80-95% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, increased use of renewables, more energy efficiency, a functioning energy market and increased security of supply are to be achieved. The political and legislative framework that needs to be established in order to meet these targets is likely to have considerable geo-economic implications for individual member states. The authors of this Policy Brief argue that European policy makers need to find a way to balance the frictions between member states caused by EU energy policy. They furthermore give a detailed overview of the structural and sector-related challenges for European energy policy, and suggest some concrete steps towards a political and regulatory framework necessary to overcome them.

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