Europe has been the global leader in energy transition for decades, offering to the rest of the world many useful examples of both policies that work and those that don’t. As a result, European countries now have some of the world’s most energy efficient economies, and the largest shares of renewable energy. But getting there wasn’t easy, and still isn’t. From the very first efforts to develop policies that would support energy transition decades ago, right up to the present, there have been incumbents in the energy industry establishment who fought transition every step of the way, both overtly and through subversion. To help us understand this long and complex history, our guest in this episode is Claude Turmes, a Member of the Greens for Luxembourg in the European Parliament who has had a front-row seat in Europe’s energy transition policy formulation for over 15 years, and the author of a new book about it titled Energy Transformation: An Opportunity for Europe.
Guest: Claude Turmes is a Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance. He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the coordinator on energy issues for the Green Group. He lives in Luxembourg.
On Twitter: @ClaudeTurmes
On the Web: www.claudeturmes.lu
Recording date: June 7, 2017
Air date: July 12, 2017
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