The sustainable production and consumption of energy is high on international and national political agendas, including in Europe and its Member States. However, assessments of energy sources at a European, federal or regional level are often partial in terms of energy technologies considered, as well as the framework used for technology assessment. Until now, these frameworks do not fully lend for in-depth comparative studies across a set of common sustainability indicators with the aim of responsible energy governance. This research will contribute to gaining insight into the complex character of sustainability assessment of energy technologies, including the i) identification and description of the knowledge-related uncertainties and value frameworks that influence these assessments and ii) the identification of future energy scenarios. It will cointribute to setting the basis at Belgian level for a more holistic identification of optimal energy transition scenarios from a sustainable development perspective, taking into account international cooperation in market- and policy context and cross-border energy flows. For this purpose it will primarily draw on an analysis of existing studies on economic, environmental or social assessments of energy technologies and the associated energy policies, as well as the meta criteria of sustainability and sustainable development that can be found in the relevant literature and their appropriateness, relevance and transferability in the energy governance sector. The energy technologies considered include, but are not limited to, nuclear energy, wind energy, solar energy, fossil fuels, geothermal energy, tidal and wave energy, and advancements likely to occur in the next to near future. This work is part of a broader project with key actors in Belgium involved in research and policy suport on energy technologies.
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