Energy transition: ambiguity of the notion of variable geometry

Energy transition: ambiguity of the notion of variable geometry / Christian de Perthuis, EU Energy Policy blog, 21/04/2013

http://www.energypolicyblog.com/2013/04/21/energy-transition-ambiguity-of-the-notion-of-variable-geometry

Since the Copenhagen conference of December 2009, the actors involved in climate negotiations seem be engaged in a game of mistigri, in which everyone is in a hurry to pass on any card that exposes them to the slightest commitment. The overall result is that deadlines are being pushed back, and the prospect of an international agreement coming into force from 2020 now seems optimistic in the extreme. The economic crisis has accentuated this turning away from the climate issue, or at least its decline in policy makers’ scale of priorities. A curious semantic shift has accompanied this phenomenon: there is much less talk of global warming, while the media have turned their attention to the concept of energy transition. This shift is not innocuous, and may lead, if this novel concept is not defined more rigorously, to a justification of our collective resignation in the face of climate risk…


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