Sustainable Energy Security

Why are we working on energy security issues?

The Sustainable Energy Security programme seeks to re-define energy security for the 21st century so that it incorporates human security, fair energy distribution and genuine sustainability, and to galvanise action on sustainable energy use at all levels across Europe.

Energy choices are at the very heart of the environmental, economic and quality-of-life challenges we face. Energy choices impact everything from governance and human rights to inequality and security, and poverty, peace and justice. The resulting sustainability challenges are well identified, and ‘business-as-usual’ will not get us there. We urgently need a new appreciation of our energy choices, reflecting the true social and environmental costs.


Past work

Transforming Impasse using the Quaker Business Method

Many of the challenges in the fight against climate change come from the fact that the real solutions run against modern society’s core values, especially the emphasis on individual liberty in the pursuit of material self-interest. This report explains how Quaker decision-making processes can help to find a way through these contradictions.


Environmental Ethical Factsheets

Many claims are made about how individuals can alter their behaviour for a more sustainable lifestyle. This series of QCEA publications scrutinises the details behind some of these claims, and whether they are supported by scientific research.


Current work

Briefing Papers

QCEA is producing a series of sustainable energy security briefing papers, the first of which relates to energy efficiency and savings in Europe, and the second to the relationship between sustainability and economic growth.



QCEA has responded to a range of consultations by the European Commission, on various aspects of the EU’s energy, climate and environment policy.


Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan

Laurie Michaelis of the Living Witness Project collaborated with QCEA to evaluate the EU’s strategy for sustainable consumption and production, from a Quaker point of view.


Security of Supply projects

One element of the EU’s energy security strategy has been support for major infrastructural projects, intended to secure the future supply of gas and oil to the EU. These include the planned Nabucco and Trans-Sahara Pipelines, and more generally, the Militarisation of Energy Supply.


Contact Information

Interested, or simply wish to share your thoughts and ideas? Get in contact with QCEA at office [at] or call +32 22 34 30 60.