The new powers of power – the geopolitics of renewable energy
The quest to extract, protect and trade fossil fuels has shaped much of the international relations of the 20th century. Notwithstanding the importance of oil for the past century, nowadays a shift from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy sources is taking place, reshuffling today’s geopolitics of energy.
Geopolitics of energy refer to the impact of energy flows on the power and influence of states. The current transition will redirect energy flows and consequently upset existing power relationships. As a new set of winners and losers emerges, conflict and tensions seem inevitable.
The benefits of clean, sustainable and decentralised energy could be easily offset by the conflicts and power-struggles that might spark in its wake. In light of this, we want to explore likely power shifts that come with the transition to sustainable energy and policies that might help ensure a quick and smooth passage into the era of renewables.
Which states will come up on top in the energy-race? Will we see sustainable technology arms races some time soon? Or does the rise of renewable energy have the potential to end geopolitical conflicts?
Join us when we explore these and many more issues with Professor Dr Daniel Scholten and Strategic Analyst Dr Jan Frederik Braun live on stage
Daniel Scholten is Assistant Professor at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the TU Delft. In his research he specialises in the geopolitics of renewables and the governance of renewable energy systems. He is also editor of the recently published of in-depth volume “The Geopolitics of Renewables”.
Jan Braun is a Strategic Analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. His research focuses on international energy markets, climate policies as well as the strategic consequences, risks and opportunities for state and non-state actors in the global energy transition. Before working at the HCSS, Mr Braun held various positions in climate and energy policy for the Dutch and German Ministries of Environment.
On the 18th of June, we are honoured to have these two guests sharing their expertise on the subject live on our stage.