Call for Evidence
Sub-Committee B of the House of Lords Select Committee
on the European Union is undertaking an inquiry into the issues
raised by the European Commission's Green Paper "Towards
a European strategy for the security of energy supply".
Evidence is invited on what, within European Union
policies, the European Union, national governments and their agencies
should be doing to develop and co-ordinate policy on security
of energy supplies.
In particular, the inquiry will be seeking answers
to the following questions:
1) The European Commission's Green Paper in calling
for a European Strategy for the security of energy supply appears
to suggest that continuity of supply is in doubt because of increased
reliance on imports. Do you agree? If so, what security issues
do you think this raises?
2) In the US, the Administration's policy appears
to be one of encouraging supply, whereas the Green Paper's focus
is on restraining demand. Which, do you think, is the right approach?
3) Is there a need for a European Energy Policy?
What effect would a European Energy Policy have on global markets?
4) The Green Paper emphasises producer/consumer dialogue
as a means of producing energy market stability. Is this necessary?
Will not producer/consumer agreements distort the global market?
What effect would this have on continued access to other sources
5) What is the role that should be played by nuclear
power? How should the balance be struck between the benefits of
low emissions and the problems of nuclear waste disposal?
6) How can the contribution of renewables and alternative
sources, such as hydrogen fuel cells, be promoted most effectively?
And how important a part will they play in securing energy supplies
7) Are energy market liberalisation, meeting climate
change targets, and ensuring the security of energy supply, compatible
objectives? If not, which one should take priority?
8) Is "upward harmonisation" of tax rates
between Member States unavoidable, as the Green Paper suggests?
Is taxation at a EU-level necessary?