The German energy transition in a European perspective: an analysis of the power sector decarbonisation process.

Gjonca, O. (2017) The German energy transition in a European perspective: an analysis of the power sector decarbonisation process.

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Abstract:Between 2009 and 2011 the EU has developed a long-term plan of “decarbonisation” in which Member States are solicited to revise their energy production and consumption system to reduce carbon emissions of the 80-95% by 2050 (EU Energy Roadmap 2050). The same target has been proposed also by the German Government, which in 2010 committed to an energy transition based on an accelerated shift to renewable energy sources with the Energy Concept. Being a pioneer country in applying such change, the German case is closely analysed in this research in order to contextualise its action at the European level, and to evaluate its first results of policy implementation. Through process tracing and stakeholder analysis this research refuses the hypothesis of a possible direct connection of the two policy processes in form of “Europeanization” while it suggests that a form of international regime is emerging in formulating decarbonisation policy. Further, looking at the domestic impact of the energy transition in Germany, it suggests that the reality of the German “Energiewende” is still very dependent on party politics and on the interest of conventional power producers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72383
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