Futuribles Journal n° 436

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Energy Transition: China, USA and the EU. Low-Carbon Technologies up against Geopolitics

In this second instalment in the series Futuribles is devoting to climate and energy questions, we reproduce here an extract from the study ‘The Strategic Dimension of the Energy Transition: Challenges and Responses for France, Germany and the European Union’ by Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega and Carole Mathieu. This piece seems to us particularly informative on the European value chains for low-carbon technologies.

After reminding us of the urgent need for energy transition and the uneven progress made on this so far, the authors show how closely energy and climate policies are connected with major geopolitical and geo-economic issues today. In particular, this piece reveals the relative weakness of the EU with respect to China and the USA, on the one hand because of its dependence on foreign sources for its supplies of critical metals and, on the other, because of its position in low-carbon technology value chains, which play an essential role in the roll-out of renewable energies.

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