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Europe's continued agenda on climate and energy

Europe’s energy system faces a challenging risk landscape that threatens its energy security, climate security and economic resilience. Events over the last year have made these vulnerabilities painfully apparent – from the crisis in Ukraine to the flooding in South East Europe as well as Europe's continued economic weakness and high levels of unemployment.

The Energy Union concept is a recognition that these risks cannot be contained within national borders or managed in isolation from each other. The transboundary nature of the challenge calls for a collective and coherent response, reflecting the energy security and economic resilience gains from demand management, low-carbon infrastructure and new technology.

Creating an ‘Energy Union with a forward looking climate policy’ has been agreed by EU leaders as a strategic priority for Europe for the next five years. But what should the Energy Union actually mean in practice? The articles below showcase the latest E3G thinking on how the Energy Union concept can be translated into a more coherent, secure and sustainable energy system.

Some of the publications under this section have received funding from the European Union although the publications reflect only the author's view.