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Energy at the University of Groningen

Energy is high on the agenda of the authorities, business and the public. As energy has always been crucial to society’s needs (e.g. mobility, healthcare, education, producing goods), providing affordable energy has been a top priority for policymakers around the world for decades. However, this objective is increasingly challenged by the impact of fossil fuels on the climate. Societies now face the fundamental problem of how to realize energy systems that are not just secure and affordable but sustainable too.

Societal issues

Societies face various policy challenges if they are to create secure, sustainable and affordable energy systems. The Dutch Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth, for instance, addresses the key issues of how to raise the efficiency of energy use, how to increase the production of renewable energy and how to transition away from fossil energy. The European Commission is also focusing on promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. The other main European energy policy challenges include how to integrate energy markets within the EU, how to foster and protect the role of energy consumers and how to manage the geopolitical risks in supplying energy.

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