Author(s): Måns Nilsson and Claudia Strambo

Year: 2018

In: Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources. Andreas Goldthau, Michael F. Keating and Caroline Kuzemko (eds)

ISBN: 978 1 78347 5

Type: Book chapter



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The Energy Union: A Coherent Policy Package?

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In 2015, the European Union launched the Energy Union in order to reduce fragmentation in European energy policy and boost Europe’s energy transition.

This chapter in the Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources analyses whether the Energy Union, as a policy package, constitutes a coherent whole and whether its distinct components are being pursued in a coordinated manner. The authors use a simple policy-analytical framework in which the policy components are juxtaposed in a screening matrix. The interactions between the Energy Union policy components are assessed according to a novel typology for understanding interactions and coherence in the 2030 Agenda, with policy interactions ranging on a scale from “cancelling” to “indivisible”.

The assessment shows that the interactions are often complex and sometimes vary depending on the timeframe. The authors identify two key hotspots: the relationships between energy security and energy efficiency, and between energy security and decarbonization.

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