Energy security

Definition

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research |

    Biofuels have lower CO2 emissions than fossil fuels, but competing land demands can limit expansion of production. This study shows Brazilian sugarcane ethanol could displace up to 13% of global crude oil consumption by 2045 whilst balancing forest conservation and future land demand for food.

    • Deepak Jaiswal
    • , Amanda P. De Souza
    • , Søren Larsen
    • , David S. LeBauer
    • , Fernando E. Miguez
    • , Gerd Sparovek
    • , Germán Bollero
    • , Marcos S. Buckeridge
    •  & Stephen P. Long
  • Research |

    Climate policies are frequently argued to achieve energy independence as an additional benefit. Jewell et al. use five energy-economy models to show that the opposite is not true: constraining energy imports is much cheaper than climate change mitigation but would not significantly reduce emissions.

    • Jessica Jewell
    • , Vadim Vinichenko
    • , David McCollum
    • , Nico Bauer
    • , Keywan Riahi
    • , Tino Aboumahboub
    • , Oliver Fricko
    • , Mathijs Harmsen
    • , Tom Kober
    • , Volker Krey
    • , Giacomo Marangoni
    • , Massimo Tavoni
    • , Detlef P. van Vuuren
    • , Bob van der Zwaan
    •  & Aleh Cherp
    Nature Energy 1, 16073

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    While tackling interdependencies among food, energy, and water security is promising, three fundamental challenges to effective operationalization need addressing: the feasibility of science-policy integration, cross-scale inequalities, and path-dependencies in infrastructure and socio-institutional practices.

    • Patricia Romero-Lankao
    • , Timon McPhearson
    •  & Debra J. Davidson
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The US plays a key role in shoring up European energy security and this is unlikely to change dramatically after the November 2016 elections. However, the outcome could compound longer term risks to an internationally engaged US energy policy, affecting European energy security and diplomacy.

    • David Koranyi
    Nature Energy 1, 16160
  • News and Views |

    Combatting climate change is often considered to bring about security of energy supply by reducing reliance on imports. By modelling the impact of pursuing energy security policies, a study now finds that the inverse situation is less advantageous for the global climate.

    • Vaibhav Chaturvedi
    Nature Energy 1, 16075
  • Editorial |

    International collaboration and deep technical understanding are essential to building safe and secure nuclear facilities, particularly where political tensions undermine trust between states.

    Nature Energy 1, 16049
  • Editorial |

    The European Commission's energy security package lays out the EU's commitment to the Energy Union but leaves some doubt about its commitment to the clean energy transition.

    Nature Energy 1, 16031