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The Energy Security-Climate Nexus and the Environment

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UK energy policy is currently aimed at the achievement of three principal objectives: ensuring energy security, mitigating for climate change and reducing energy poverty. These goals have over the past few years become commonplace amongst OECD and non-OECD countries as well as within a variety of international institutions. There has also been some considerable effort put into the establishment of new governance institutions which can deliver both energy supply security and climate change mitigation. This is sometimes done, as discussed below, without the same level of attention applied to energy poverty objectives. What is important to note is that energy policy is increasingly based upon assumptions that energy and climate change are not only interlinked, but that policies which centre upon the development of clean energy and on energy efficiency will serve to achieve both sets of objectives (IEA, 2007a; Kuzemko, 2013 forthcoming). As examples of this interlinking of previously discrete policy areas the UK now has a single department for energy and climate, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the USA has merged its energy and climate foreign policy unit, and the EU is pursuing ‘climate policy integration’ with energy policy (Dupont and Primova, 2011). This evolving range of active interconnections within policy practice will be referred to here as the energy security-climate nexus.

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  • International Energy Agency
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  1. DEFRA was created through the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) with part of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).

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  2. Energy Ministries have tended to come and go in the UK, as was the case in 1992 when the Department of Energy was disbanded. This reflects waxing and waning political interest in energy and differing commitments to dedicating state and institutional capacity to energy policy (see Chapter 2 of this volume).

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  3. As described in more detail in Chapter 4 of this volume.

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  4. This notion is contested — see Chapters 1 and 2 of this volume.

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  5. This topic is covered more thoroughly in Chapters 5 and 6 of this volume.

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© 2013 Antony Froggatt, Caroline Kuzemko and Estelle Rouhaud

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Froggatt, A., Kuzemko, C., Rouhaud, E. (2013). The Energy Security-Climate Nexus and the Environment. In: Mitchell, C., Watson, J., Whiting, J. (eds) New Challenges in Energy Security. Energy, Climate and the Environment Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137298850_3

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