Energy: towards a common (green) energy policy?

Timeframe: completed
Project Manager: Fredrik Langdal

The EU Member States are increasingly dependent on imported fossil fuels to meet their energy requirements, which raises a few questions about security of supply, environment and decision-making powers. The fact that the European Union so far has had a low capacity to act in the energy sector is interesting because some actors within the EU aim to strengthen the Union's possibilities to act in the field.

In 2007 the Commission presented a proposal on what a common and cohesive energy policy might look like, as well as a "Green Book" on energy and climate policies. This project aims to analyze relevant issues highlighted in these documents and in the pre-negotiated package and to illustrate the problems that arise for the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol's successor. As a direct result of increasing prices and the commitments the EU has to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the nuclear power's role in energy supply has also gained renewed importance in the EU.

With this project SIEPS intends to open the door for a broader analysis of the EU from a climate-economic perspective in terms of economic structure and climate. Issues on optimal economic policy, political feasibility, trade and insurance will also be discussed.