Here We Go Again

by Einar Du Rietz

The EU Commission has presented its Energy Strategies for the next decade. To be correct, it’s a document for consideration, as both the Council and the Parliament will have to have their say. It’s a long process, but probably one that will dominate a large part of the EU debate over the next years.

It’s a heavy document, but the main focuses are on a “Eurpenisation” of the energy market, making sure that energy exchange can work between all the member states And efficiency.

Concerning the latter, the disturbing thing is a tendency to continue on the inefficient and market disrupting strategies earlier applied in the case of low energy light bulbs and subsidies for – efficient – high end products. Somehow, it’s all about costs. With this attitude, the EU risks hurting the natural incentives driving companies towards efficiency, i.e., cost savings, both in production and, for example in cars and appliances, during use.

Naturally, most green NGO’s have already issued critique (the show must go on), mainly along the usual lines, that it’s too little and too late. There also seems to be some focus on the positive attitude towards nuclear energy. Why this should be an issue for the Commission is not really clear. The European countries are very diverse in their use of this – in a way – alternative energy source, but that the green group in parliament objects is just tiresome. If you object to fossil fuels and nuclear, and as all other energy sources are not viable – at least not yet – and in the case of wind power also brings environmental concern, the only possible consequence of the reasoning is that the people of Europe should suffer. Just stop, please.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.