On 21 June 2017, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, published a report on Energy Transition on a European scale together with the Jacques Delors Institute, pointing out the achievements of this European initiative. Basing on empirical findings, this policy paper formulates four main objectives and a number of concrete policy recommendations that aim to foster European integration through the establishment of a Energy Union.
The development of Local Energy Communities is a vision which aims to address the pressing future global issues of energy efficiency, healthy food sources and water management. The fact that a very large percentage of EU regional development funds remain unused represents an opportunity for the Member States to review the European energy market strategy and develop a policy program aimed at funding these projects.
The one-fits-all approach does not fit the current socioeconomic environment. It is imperative that we develop horizontal policies, in cooperation with all involved players, to tackle multiple problems effectively.
The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.
Sara Mamel is Project Manager for Energy Transition Foreign Policy at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung as part of a cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office. Prior to that Sara worked for an international communication agency where she was responsible for several awareness-raising campaigns for the European Commission. Sara studied political sciences in Hamburg and Brussels as well as European Studies at the European University Viadrina and the Sciences Po Strasbourg.
Greek non-interconnected islands are small isolated systems bearing the great potential to become autonomous in terms of energy, using renewable and intelligent systems. Is there a potential for small islands to drive Europe’s transition into a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economy? What role can Greek islands play in this process?