The Europeanization of the Renewable Energy Directive in France and the United Kingdom

The Europeanization of the Renewable Energy Directive in France and the United Kingdom

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - 10:15am to 11:15pm

The European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) establishes a renewable energy target of 20 per cent by 2020, with binding national targets allocated to each member state. The RED is an important component of the EU's longer-term ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. However, implementation of the Directive has been uneven across the 28 member states, potentially undermining the EU’s long-term objectives and its claims to international climate leadership.

Nick's thesis examines the Europeanization of the RED in France and the UK with a specific focus on the electricity sectors of the two countries. It compares the implementation of the renewable energy targets in the highly concentrated, state-controlled French sector with the liberalised UK sector. It identifies the drivers of, and impediments to, the effective implementation of the Directive in the two countries with a particular emphasis on the role of state institutions

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Australian-German College of Climate and Energy
Level 1, 187 Grattan Street
3010 Parkville , VIC
Victoria
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PhD project: The Europeanization of the Renewable Energy Directive in France and the UK

The European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) was implemented in 2009, establishing a renewable energy target of 20 per cent by 2020. The RED is an important component of the EU's longer-term commitment to reduce its emissions by 80-95 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, with the electricity sector expected to play the most significant role in achieving the target.

Nick's thesis examines the Europeanization of the RED in the electricity sectors of France and the UK. It identifies the drivers of, and impediments to, the implementation of the Directive with a particular emphasis on the role of state institutions.

Supervisors: A/Prof Peter Christoff, Prof Philomena Murray

Start date: October 2015

Contact: nick.parry@climate-energy-college.org

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