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European Energy Security

With 450 million inhabitants, the European Union is the second largest primary energy consumer in the world after the United States, accounting for 17% of global consumption. At the same time, EU member states are comparatively poor in primary energy resources, and the EU is currently import dependent for 50% of its energy. Nor is this current share sustainable EU member states possess only 0.6% and 2% of proven global oil and natural gas reserves respectively. Already the largest global importer of primary energy resources, the EU is projected to be 70% import dependent by 2030. As primary energy resources are unequally distributed in favor of increasingly unstable regions, the EU faces an enormous challenge in meeting the rising demands of its constituent populations and industries for secure, clean and affordable energy.

  • Current Sources of EU Energy
  • Future Risks to Energy Security
  • Current Short-term Provisions for Energy Security
  • Longer Term Strategies for Energy Security

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