Sustainable energy policy and strategies for Europe
Sustainable energy policy and strategies for Europe. 14th IAEE European Energy Conference, October 28-31, 2014, Rome, LUISS University
–> Deadline abstract submission : May 15, 2014
The conference objectives :
As Europe strives to overcome the economic crisis, energy stands out both as a conditioning factor and as an opportunity. The energy situation is evolving in Europe as well as in the rest of the world, where new actors, the emerging economies, are taking the leading role. Political developments in several areas of the globe (North Africa and Middle East, the Caspian region, ASEAN countries) are reshaping the geopolitical situation, generating some worries about the security of supply in the EU countries.
The crisis has somewhat released the pressure on energy demand and allowed to reach objectives in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that seemed out of reach, but as the European Energy Roadmap to 2050 makes clear the objectives for 2020 and beyond are likely to require a renewed, powerful effort as soon as the economy is back on the track.
Important steps towards the establishment of a really open and competitive energy market in Europe have been achieved, but much remains to be done. Energy technologies (as evidenced in the SET-Plan) have evolved and contributed new solutions, as in the case of non-conventional hydrocarbon resources, but this has happened more as gradual step-by-step improvements than by real breakthroughs. The evolution of these technologies has been influenced by the instruments adopted by governments to promote new sources or new solutions rather than directly by market demand. The use of “market instruments” to steer the energy choices in the direction of sustainability is the subject of animated discussions, based on the analysis of diverse case studies. The hope of obtaining reductions of energy costs by these means has been often frustrated… read more