The Proposed EU Directive on Promoting the Use of Energy from Renewable Resources

Posted: 14 Mar 2009

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Michael Jefferson

London Metropolitan University - Centre for International Business and Sustainability (CIBS)

Date Written: March 13, 2009

Abstract

The pursuit of targets which are clearly infeasible within the intended time period store up trouble for political systems, as well as failing to meet their goals. They raise questions about the target culture and its unintended consequences. There are specific concerns about food availability/prices and environmental impacts, especially flowing from the biofuels target. Biomass and biofuels exploitation were implicated in food riots in 37 countries during 2008. Failure to meet targets risks exposing some renewble energy sectors to increased hostility. The end result is unlikely to be consistent with greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Keywords: targets, infeasible, failure to meet goals, unintended consequences, environmental consequences, risk exposing renewable energy sectors to increased hostility, inconsistent with ghg reduction goals

JEL Classification: N50, O13, Q18, Q42

Suggested Citation

Jefferson, Michael, The Proposed EU Directive on Promoting the Use of Energy from Renewable Resources (March 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359095

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