Some aspects of European climate policy

Kerekes, Sándor and Luda, Szilvia (2011) Some aspects of European climate policy. In: Accounting for Climate Change - What and How to Measure, Proceedings of the 14th EMAN Conference. Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, pp. 26-39. . ISBN 9789635034321

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Being heavily energy dependent, it is not much of a surprise that Europe pays special attention to reducing the use of fossil fuels. Each one of the ten new member states is characterized by relatively low per capita energy consumption and relatively low energy efficiency, and the share of renewables in their energy mix tends to be low, too. The paper examines the problem, when the policy measures create a decrease in environmental capital instead of an increase. In this case it hardly seems justified to talk about environmental protection. The authors describe a case of a rapeseed oil mill which would not be of too much interest on its own but given that almost all similar plants went bankrupt, there are some important lessons to learn from its survival. The enterprise the authors examined aimed at establishing a micro-regional network. They completed a brown-field development to establish a small plant on the premises of a former large agricultural cooperative. By partnering with the former employees and suppliers of the sometime cooperative, they enjoyed some benefits which all the other green-field businesses focusing on fuel production could not. The project improved food security, energy security and population retention as well.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:renewable energy, game theory, sustainable development in rural regions, EU climate policy
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute for Environmental Science > Department of Environmental Economics and Technology
Subjects:Regional economy
Energy economy
Environmental economics
ID Code:768
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:24 Jul 2012 09:42
Last Modified:04 Sep 2012 14:16

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