The Sustainability of
Renewable Energy in Europe

Authors: Bigerna, Simona, Bollino, Carlo Andrea, Micheli, Silvia

Provides an overview of environmentally-driven
energy policies at global, European and regional levels

Explains a new model for lowering management
costs of achieving key environmental targets, with detailed comparative
regional cost analyses

Considers the implications of broad energy
policies on soil, water and biodiversity

About this book

This book demonstrates that the much-needed global
shift in energy production and use must happen at a territorial level in order
to be truly successful and sustainable. This book enables regional
implementation efforts by connecting broad EU environmental policies with plans
for action at the territorial level, analysing efficient resource allocation
and cost effectiveness to achieve national objectives.

Each EU Member State is considered in depth, in order
to identify the opportunities and challenges of this regional approach. The
regional dimension of the authors’ analysis refers to the territorial level
NUTS 1 (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) that, starting from
the administrative borders of the EU countries, divides the territory into 97
regions on the basis of major socio-economic characteristics.

Because the model of the EU “green economy”
is characterized typically by top-down interventions that focus exclusively on
the resource productivity and investment business, its practical implementation
can be de-railed. This book provides the pivotal missing piece- the detailed
territorial comparative analysis necessary to obtain an optimal energy mix of
renewable energy sources (RES), energy conservation and energy efficiency
characteristics of each specific local context.

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