Energy plays a central role in today’s society and its production has risen steadily. Its consumption more than doubled in 40 years and worldwide consumption continues to grow at a rate of 2,4% per year. Oil with 41%, coal with 10%, and natural gas with 15% represent the major energy sources. Negative effects of energy production (fossil fuels extraction and burning) need to be addressed. In addition, depending on the end user appliance, in many cases more than 90% of the primary energy is wasted in the whole chain of production, delivery and device losses. Therefore, there is a huge potential for a more efficient energy use, especially in energy-intensive industries, by deploying today’s best available technology or switching to low-carbon fuel mixes, enhanced material recycling and eco-design.
Read Liberal perspective on energy and environment from Luis Guerreiro.
About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:
The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.
The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:
- WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
- WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
- WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
- WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that work
Find the previous publications of our Dahrendorf Taskforce series here:
Everything flows and nothing abides, 12.05.2015
On the Right to Be Forgotten, 17.03.2015
Ukraine as a bridge to Russia, 03.03.2015
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