Europe - Energy - Climate: The quest for the clean energy transition in the EU


Agnieszka E. Rządkowska (ed)
European Solar Network (ESN), International Solar Energy Society (ISES), University of Wrocław


European energy policy, PV, Clean energy transition, Photovoltaics, Thermal energy, Wind power, Renewables, Solar energy, Climate change


Edited monograph by Agnieszka E. Rządkowska

ISBN: 9789464337006

Available in pre-order, € 110 (delivery est. in Sep 2021)

Format: e-book (PDF with Digital Rights Management)

Below you will find the synopsis of the book.

“Europe - Energy - Climate, the quest for the clean energy transition in the EU” is an edited monograph aiming to provide an up to date comprehensive study from many different angles on the prospects of the clean energy transition pursued by the EU. The book focuses on the most recent European energy policies in the context of the global challenge of climate change extending this discourse within the five topical sections that feature relevant chapters from academics and practitioners in the EU energy sector including policy-makers, members of many relevant NGOs, experts and scientists in renewable and traditional energy, as well as in climate and environment. The study aims to investigate the current European energy situation and discuss the real prospects and the steps in a transition to clean energy in the EU from the political, economic and technological perspectives with analytical data presented and discussed along with the possible directions investigated. The book first provides an outlook of the current energy situation in Europe followed by a description of the current European energy policy and the discussion of the most important aspects of the new EU Green Deal. A dedicated chapter is considering the COVID-19 pandemic context and how it affects and will affect in the future the clean energy transition in the EU. Further on, the book contextualizes the discussed situation and policy with background of the undeniable changes in the climate observed throughout the recent years. Then it covers an outlook study of the current technological developments in the renewable energy with a focus on the most promising directions. This discussion leads to the last section which provides a summarizing discourse on the process of the clean energy transition, its prospects, advantages, drawbacks and possible risks, including aspects such as international relations in the global geopolitical context as well as key policy issues such as energy security. The five sections of the book feature chapters from the perspective of academy and practice in related fields of policy, analysis and strategic planning, as well as technology, authored by many European and international experts, thus providing a unique blend of contributors among advanced scientists, policy-makers, industry specialists and practitioners who lead the current discourse in this field. The book is highly interdisciplinary yet the problem it tackles, the quest for clean energy is such as well. It presents different perspectives and enables the reader to develop his own opinion on the basis of being acquainted with different takes on the problem. The co-authors of the book have been invited based on their current roles and expertise by the editor and a co-author of the book Agnieszka E. Rządkowska, chair of the European Solar Network (ESN), member of the board of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), member of the editorial board of the newly established Solar Energy Advances Journal of Elsevier and an editor in-chief of the European Solar Energy Review Journal of ESN, academically affiliated with her Alma Matter, University of Wrocław in Poland.


  • Preface
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Section 1. Current energy situation in Europe
  • Chapter 1.1. The EU energy mix and renewables outlook, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 1.2. The renewables share in the EU’s electrical energy mix, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 1.3. Europe’s place in the resource race: sovereignty in critical minerals as the key vector in achieving EU’s low-carbon transition efforts, Y. Popkostova
  • Chapter 1.4. Cap-and-trade systems as a way to curb emissions and incentivize an early adoption of sustainable alternatives: the European perspective, M. Centurioni
  • Chapter 1.5. Renewable energy in the Mediterranean, how can Europe be a rule maker, F. Valezano
  • Chapter 1.6. EU energy consumer rights and energy dispute-resolution bodies, A. Jantzen
  • Chapter 1.7. EU Emissions Trading System outlook, A. Rządkowska
  • Section 2. European energy policy
  • Chapter 2.1. Implementation of the European Green Deal, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 2.2. European energy policy transformation, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 2.3. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) economic feasibility in Europe and the effect of the homogenous Carbon taxing on the system’s economic feasibility, H. Gholami, H.N. Røstvik
  • Chapter 2.4. Fostering green jobs. Opportunities and challenges for the EU’s clean energy transition, M. Kottari
  • Chapter 2.5. EU heat policy and its broader perspective, S. Abrecht
  • Chapter 2.6. The role of Energy Trading and Energy Exchanges for the European Energy Transition, R. Gersdorf, D. Wragge
  • Chapter 2.7. Impact of EU Carbon Proposals on Renewable Energy across Eastern Europe, T. Williamson
  • Chapter 2.8. Energy poverty policies - European framework and national responses, M. Cornelis
  • Chapter 2.9. EU energy policy towards energy innovation, B. Barth
  • Section 3. The context of climate change
  • Chapter 3.1. Climate change drivers, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 3.2. European climate strategies and targets, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 3.3. European Climate Neutral Economy 2050 - A shift from silos to holos, G. San Bruno
  • Chapter 3.4. Adapting to climate change and protecting health in Europe, A. Rotaru
  • Chapter 3.5. Climate finance in the EU budget: the role of the European Cohesion Policy, F. Foglia
  • Chapter 3.6. EU Effectiveness in Climate Governance, Diplomacy and Energy Cooperation, S. Willemart
  • Chapter 3.7. EU energy and climate policy from the perspective of the EU fuel supply industry, C. Nourigat
  • Chapter 3.8. The energy-climate relationship and policy in developing countries - Indian Perspective, V. Varshney
  • Chapter 3.9. Sociological and non-material aspects of the climate change and EU sustainability policy, E. Koumentakos
  • Section 4. Clean energy technological developments
  • Chapter 4.1. European Key Enabling Technologies in clean energy, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 4.2. AI assisted solar energy photovoltaic developments, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 4.3. Solar energy photovoltaic technological developments, W. Jacak
  • Chapter 4.4. Solar thermal energy technological developments, H. Laget
  • Chapter 4.5. Solar Heat for Industrial Processes - Towards a clean industry, I.S. Ribeiro
  • Chapter 4.6. Technological developments in offshore wind farms, A. Jain
  • Chapter 4.7. Hydrogen in a future integrated energy system, A. Keys, M. Parr
  • Chapter 4.8. Review of new biomass gasification and pyrolysis technologies, A.G. Bhave
  • Chapter 4.9. Prospects and developments in digital technologies for the local energy transition, D. Donnerer
  • Section 5. Clean energy transition, security and its global context
  • Chapter 5.1. The new EU energy market, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 5.2. Energy security context of the European Green Deal, A. Rządkowska
  • Chapter 5.3. Understanding of PV market. From physics to electricity price, C. Alvarado
  • Chapter 5.4. The EU electricity market design and markets perspective on the energy sector transformation, M. Bostan
  • Chapter 5.5. Industrial control systems and procedures for providing comprehensive security of “green energy” facilities in the future digital economy, A.V. Korneyev
  • Chapter 5.6. Attaining Sustainable Energy Security: Opportunities for the EU-India cooperation, K. Narula
  • Chapter 5.7. Energy Security and economic challenges: Israel case study, D.M. DiSegni
  • Chapter 5.8. EU-China energy cooperation: the pathway towards a cleaner future, L.S. Irigaray
  • Chapter 5.9. Prospects for the clean energy transition in Europe, A. Rządkowska
Europe - Energy - Climate



July 31, 2021