The Future of Sustainable Energy

What are the political obstacles to the transition to renewable energy?

Publications / 09.11.18
The Future of Sustainable Energy

We currently possess sufficient knowledge about the technological and economic dimensions of renewable energy that makes the transition technologically and economically feasible. However, in many situations, the sociopolitical climate hinders the actual implementation of this transition. Lack of financial resources and limited public acceptance are other factors that can obstruct a full transition from taking place.

This study looks at the political obstacles to the transition to renewable energy that are relevant in the context of the European Union, like biomass, concentrated solar power, geothermal energy, hydropower, tidal energy, wave energy, and wind turbines.

To understand the transition to renewable energy and the political obstacles impeding its implementation, it is pertinent to analyze case studies of different regions by examining the transparency and efficiency of the implementation process and any barriers faced by authorities. The regions examined in these case studies are Friesland, Yorkshire, Flanders, Silesia and Galicia.

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This publication is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the publication or the opinions of the authors.

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Header photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash.

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