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Roland Vogt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083879

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.001.0001

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Energy Issues in the EU and Taiwan

Energy Issues in the EU and Taiwan

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(p.175) Chapter 9 Energy Issues in the EU and Taiwan
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Europe and China
Author(s):
Roland Vogt
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.003.0010

Energy presents the EU and Taiwan with serious political and existential challenges. The EU and Taiwan have to cope with trade-offs between secure energy supplies, environmental costs and benefits, and global competition for resources in an environment in which domestic public opinion tends to favour or reject some energy sources (such as nuclear energy) over others (such as renewables). Both Taiwan and Europe compete with mainland China for access to secure energy supplies and both have strong domestic constituencies concerned about climate change. Profound readjustments to political priorities on energy are likely to follow, as tough - and potentially expensive - choices regarding energy supplies will have to be made in a more contested and competitive global environment.

Keywords:   Taiwan, Energy security, Emissions reductions, Renewables, Nuclear energy, Public opinion

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