Energy issues in the EU and Taiwan

Steve Wood*

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Energy presents the EU and Taiwan with serious political and existential challenges. Some involve CO2 emissions, climate change, and environmental sustainability. More concerns pertain to international political economy and foreign affairs. These and other constraints, including insufficient expansion or unsuitability of renewable sources (RES), suggest that although Taiwan and many EU states are declared as "non-nuclear," they have incentives to retain and even expand nuclear industries. Yet skepticism about nuclear power exists alongside some indicators of public acceptance or indifference. Competing and contradictory pressures mean policy and decision-makers are confronted with difficult choices. Refusal to make them will further limit their room for maneuver.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurope and China: Strategic Partners or Rivals?
EditorsRoland Vogt
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong University Press, HKU
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789888083879
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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