Energy policy and governance

The globalization of energy markets, the urgency of global environmental problems such as climate and land use change, and the need to ensure the affordability and security of energy supply require an increased level of cooperation between strategic players on the global scene. A successful and effective governance of energy policies is crucial to address these global challenges.

FEEM research in this field is developed both at the international and at the European and country level. At the international level, research focuses on the scope for building institutions to manage more effectively the global energy challenges, helping to make progress also in international climate policy. The design of institutions for energy governance at the international level is obviously influenced by geopolitics - strongly driven by world countries’ endowments in energy sources, that may vary with the development of more widely distributed sources such as non-conventional fossil fuels – and by the country level of economic development and associated democratization. The inclusion of the issue of security of energy supply is central to research in this field given the high interdependence between energy policies and energy markets. With regard to energy policies, the project “A New EU Gas Security of Supply Architecture” was carried out in 2011 in partnership with the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP), the Loyola de Palacio Programme of the European University Institute and the Wilton Park Conferences (WPC). The cooperation was based on the organisation of four round tables promoted by each of the four partners with the objective of fostering debate among international experts on the security of natural gas supply. The final output of the project is a forthcoming volume covering some of the ideas on European policy that emerged during the project.

FEEM is also continuing research in the MEDPRO project, exploring the key challenges that countries in the Southern Mediterranean region (from Morocco to Turkey) will have to cope with in the next decades, and aiming at delivering the best scientific underpinning for future policy decisions to be taken at both domestic and EU level within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) frameworks. In this project FEEM leads the activities related to: the elaboration of oil and gas market scenarios; the analysis of renewables and energy efficiency potential in the Southern Mediterranean; the sustainable development and management of resources.

In 2011 research on the European project POLINARES (Policy for Natural Resources) has also continued. This project deals with the analysis and development of the future strategies aimed at fostering cooperation among countries for the access to mineral resources and energy markets.

Research Team
Ongoing Projects
For a Sustainable Energy Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa  - SETiSSA
Research project Ongoing Projects
January 2017 / December 2018
For a Sustainable Energy Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa - SETiSSA

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