The Role of Renewables in the Interaction between Climate Change Policy and Energy Security in Europe

After decades of hesitation, there is now growing concensus among European Union (EU) member states that European energy policy objectives can best be achieved at the EUlevel, with climate change policy already having led to a degree of energy policy harmonisation at the expense of member state autonomy.

This paper gives an overview of the EU response to global warming and its predicted impacts on Europe, with a focus on the role of renewable energy sources. The security of supply issues regarding renewables are then discussed in terms of (i) electricity production, (ii) heating and cooling and (iii) transport. This paper analyses these risks and suggests solutions to work around renewables-related security of supply issues. It finishes with some concrete policy recommendations on the required framework for the transition towards a low-carbon energy system.

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Quelle: Issue 01/2010 (Juli 2010)
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