What is it about?
The European energy policy has a significant influence on the way in which environmental and energy policies are framed and implemented, not only in member states but globally. One of the important challenges of the European energy policy is climate change. Presently, the European Commission (EC) seeks to create an Energy Union, aimed at ensuring that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. In order to achieve this, some propose efficient use of fossil fuel and inclusion of different types of energy in the energy mix, while others are in favour of more transformative measures engendered by the Circular Economy (CE) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C) approaches. Conventional and C2C/CE approaches to sustainability in general and energy in particular are not always compatible, as C2C/CE requires radical transformation rather than compromise.
Why is it important?
This chapter focuses on various types of renewable energy in the context of the European sustainability challenges and explore the EU’s energy policy, providing recommendations for the long term sustainability. It concludes that EU energies focus on biofuel as a source of renewable energy, which is a VERY BAD IDEA from sustainability point of view.
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This page is a summary of: Energy Policy in the European Union: Renewable Energy and the Risks of Subversion, January 2016, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6265-144-9_10.
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