Research Handbooks in Environmental Law series
Edited by Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe and Leonie Reins
Chapter 2: Development of the sustainability aspects of EU energy policy
This chapter will examine and discuss the sustainability aspects of EU energy policy. This area of EU energy policy rests primarily on three main legs: promoting energy efficiency, promoting renewable energy and the EU emissions trading scheme. In all these areas the EU has adopted a thick and growing body of secondary legislation. This chapter will present the main components of these regulatory instruments and their development. In addition, examples of other EU sustainability measures in the energy sector are also discussed. In all areas of action, the development has moved from voluntary soft-objectives to or towards binding targets.
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