Looking for perspectives! EU energy policy in context
Book chapter, 2018

Transitioning to less carbon-intensive energy systems involves making difficult choices and priorities. This chapter imagines three individuals who are affected in different ways by EU energy policy. Their fictional stories illustrate that energy policies are embedded in social, historical and cultural practices and need to take a broader perspective than either technological fixes or a narrowly defined goal of low or zero carbon emissions to be fair and effective. We argue that this is often not reflected in the EU's energy policy frameworks, and use the Energy Roadmap 2050 to demonstrate our point. Contrary to the impression given by the roadmap, a narrow technocratic empirical basis for a policy is not enough to define and solve an energy problem. Energy issues are societal problems and need to be addressed as such.

Energy poverty

Climate change

Energy production

Market liberalisation

Renewable energy


Anna Åberg

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Johanna Höffken

Eindhoven University of Technology

Susanna Lidström

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Advancing Energy Policy: Lessons on the Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities

9783319990972 (ISBN)

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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other Environmental Engineering

Public Administration Studies



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