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The Geopolitics of the Energy Transition
08-06-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30
The geopolitical playing field is about to undergo a massive shift as a response to the energy transition. Right now there is a stark contrast between the grim Realpolitik of traditional energy sources such as oil and coal, which are often associated with conflicts around the globe, and the bright future ahead of us with a sustainable energy transition. As we slowly move away from traditional, greenhouse gas intensive forms of energy towards an approach centered around renewables we are left wondering what impact this has with regards to energy security and the societal and political consequences
In this lecture Daniel Scholten will discuss the diverse energy security challenges which this energy transition will cause. By doing so he will show how the geopolitical playing field and its strategical considerations change as the energy transition progresses. Jaap de Wilde will pay attention to the critical energy infrastructure and how a changing energy mix will raise several energy security related challenges.
Daniel Scholten is Assistant Professor at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. He specializes in the geopolitics of renewables and the governance of renewable energy systems. Jaap de Wilde is Professor in International Relations & Security Studies and one of the areas he currently focuses on concerns the relationship between energy security and geopolitics.