Sustainable Energy Security: A Transatlantic Opportunity

On both sides of the Atlantic, energy continues to be a complex, multifaceted issue that is relevant for a whole range of public policy objectives. Energy security is one of the most important aspects, but it cannot be successfully addressed in isolation from other public policy aims. The aim of this paper is to shed light on how three policy communities – those dealing with security, foreign policy and energy issues – can come together to discuss and find solutions to the transatlantic energy agenda in light of transforming energy security realities on both sides of the Atlantic. Its findings are based on a transatlantic workshop series held in Washington D.C., Brussels and Warsaw in 2015.

Report by David Livingston and Jeffrey Feldmando can be downloaded at website.

This report demonstrates the interconnectivity of the different dimensions of energy policy. The report breaks down the policy silos, providing a comprehensive overview of some of the myriad of issues that any 21st century energy order faces. With workshops in Brussels, Warsaw and Washington D.C., this report has escaped the traditional energy security echo chamber by including in its considerations climate milestones, such as the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement, trade developments such as the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), global governance as well as regional co-operation such as the link-up of regional carbon-markets and the creation of sustainable low-carbon energy partnerships.


Preface 7
Executive Summary 10
Introduction 12
1. Arc of Instability, or Age of Opportunity? 13
2. Independence, Interdependence, and Instability 15
3. Energy Union: In the Eye of the Beholder 18
4. Transatlantic Developments 22
5. The Role of TTIP    24
Conclusion 27