Briefing Paper 1

Are we trying to look at how we use energy today, or simply at how we replace it? Objectively speaking, anything other than energy demand reduction, is a short-term solution.

This introductory document outlines why, given the gravity of the inter-related energy and climate crises, the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to de-carbonise our society is to invest in energy savings and behavioural change.

As individuals, we can all share the joys of a simple, spirit-led life. To do so, we need to develop a new, closer relationship with the energy we use, which will encourage us to value it more, and to use it less.

“Energy Efficiency and Savings: the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential” in English (PDF – 56 KB)

“Energie Effizienz und Einsparungen: Europa hat viel mehr Möglichkeiten, Energie einzusparen” auf Deutsch (PDF – 75 KB)

QCEA sent the briefing, with the following open letter, to the European Commission, European Parliament and Member State permanent representations, encouraging them to be courageous and ambitious in their legislating.

Download the accompanying open letter (PDF – 65 KB)

Briefing Paper 2

This is a discussion paper, intended to stimulate discussion and debate on how our economic system relates to resource use and climate change. It encourages people to think beyond personal commitments to sustainable lifestyles, and to examine how the economic systems we participate in are implicated in poverty, inequality and environmental degradation.

The paper looks at the critiques and debates that increasingly surround issues like economic growth and its overarching purpose, environmental externalities, finite resources, ecological space, relative and absolute decoupling, rates of efficiency increases, technology, the precautionary principle and sustainability.

Read “Sustainable growth or growth versus sustainability: examining the relationships between resource use, climate emissions and economic growth” (PDF – 3.4 MB)

Briefing Paper 3

This briefing paper was created to create a discussion on the need for policy coherence between climate change, energy, external action (including conflict prevention), trade, economic policy, and international development as these all relate directly to a sustainable future for those within Europe and those in other areas.

The paper considers the way in which energy security must be carried out so as not to have a negative impact, economically or ecologically, on developing countries.

Read “Poverty, inequality and climate change: challenges on the road to sustainable energy security in Europe and beyond” (PDF – 700 KB)