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Sunday, 3rd January 2016

EU Energy Governance

Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)

From the Introduction:

As a society, we are more dependent on a secure energy supply now than at any other point in history. The ‘energy trilemma’ of security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness is an ever-present challenge for policy makers.1 The European Commission’s Energy Union policy, proposed in 2014, seeks to address this challenge. It has five closely related and mutually reinforcing aims:

energy security;

the completion of the internal energy market;

energy efficiency;

emissions reduction; and

research and innovation.

The Energy Union is a strategic priority for the Commission and thoughts are now turning to the governance framework that will underpin it. As a shared competence between the EU and Member States, co-ordinating EU energy policies will always be a demanding task. At a time when geopolitical security concerns are heightened, pressure to decarbonise is increasing and consumers are facing higher energy bills, agreeing a common approach to energy governance will present fresh political challenges.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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