Sustainable Energy Policies for Europe: Towards 100% Renewable Energy

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes

September 25, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780415620994 - CAT# K14592
Series: Sustainable Energy Developments


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      • Overview and evaluation of the European climate and energy framework and related policy debates
      • European policy decisions in the global context
      • Description and analysis of energy-scenarios for Europe (2020, 2030, 2050) with specific focus on renewable energy deployment
      • Analysis and assessment of policy options for renewable energy in Europe in the context of the existing climate and energy package and the debate about post-2020-climate and energy targets as part of an integrated framework


The discussion about energy perspectives beyond 2020, up to 2030 and eventually 2050 has started. There seems to be a verbal consensus on the necessity of ambitious climate change mitigation policies, without a convincing perspective of the necessary policy decisions to be reached in due time. Methods to achieve greenhouse gas reduction as well as energy security vary from aiming for 100% renewable energies and setting up appropriate policy frameworks to implementing a mix of renewables comprising so-called clean fossil and nuclear energy. This book provides an analysis of the different approaches and the reasons why there is no sustainable alternative to aiming for 100% renewables – and how this vision could come true. The book provides an overview and in-depth analysis of a vital debate. It describes how the present policy framework with 2020-targets for the share of renewables, for increase of energy efficiency and for greenhouse gas emissions reduction was developed and how it has been implemented so far. Furthermore, it describes and analyses the emerging debate about the future of our energy system and the necessary next steps and targets leading up to 2030.