The whole team of BEE (German Renewable Energy Federation), and notably: Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Carsten Pfeiffer, Björn Pieprzyk, Corina Bolintineanu and Alexander Karasek
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EU Energy Security Strategy:
Tackling the causes, not just the symptoms
On behalf of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), I conceived, researched and drafted in a short time this paper, which presents an appeal to the European Parliament and to the European Council to improve the EU Energy Security Strategy, as proposed by the European Commission on 28 May 2014.
The BEE welcomed the Commission’s proposals for immediate action, aimed at increasing the EU’s resilience to a potential major gas supply disruption. However, it also expressed its deep concern about the lack of appropriate strategic priorities in tackling the structural causes of the EU’s energy dependence, with a clear focus on the only sustainable and feasible solutions: renewables and energy efficiency. The paper includes a sharp analysis of some elephant in the rooms of the EU’s energy security debate, such as the strange notion that nuclear energy would be a domestic energy source, although 98% of the uranium used by EU utilities is imported.
The paper was published in June 2014. Some of the charts produced in this paper have become popular on social networks: