European Security – A European Perspective

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ISBN 9400707215
H. Faas
F. Gracceva
G. Fulli
M. Masera
Springer Science + Business Media BV

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In spite of its critical role, energy security lacks a universally agreed definition, which given its complexity may well just be unrealistic. The concept is still used in a wide range of reports and documents, often without discussion of its dimensions and their significance. As a consequence, the literature is characterized by an almost overwhelming focus on securing supplies of primary energy sources and geopolitics. Clearly, views on energy security also differ widely between nations.

The European Union’s approach towards energy security is presented in this paper; it can be derived from several policy legislations and proposals that followed the European Commission’s 2000 Green Paper “Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply".


INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK "Energy Security - International and Local Issues, Theoretical Perspectives, and Critical Energy Infrastructures"

Energy Security examines the topic beyond pipeline politics, without undermining its continued significance. The text addresses topical questions related to the sustainability and resilience of energy systems as applicable to the Black Sea region. In terms of energy security the Black Sea region is important to Europe. Inevitably and for very good reasons, a lot of attention has been given to the existing and planned pipeline routes going around or across the Black Sea. Much less attention has been given to the development of the Black Sea energy market in its own right and to the potential advantages of coping with some current and future energy issues in a multilateral regional format rather than through individual action at national level.

The present book addresses, in a comprehensive manner, the current problematic of energy security and goes beyond pipeline politics, without playing down their continued significance; it addresses some topical questions related to the sustainability and resilience of energy systems as applicable to the Black Sea region.

PART 1. Diversity in Security: An International Perspective.
- European Security – A European Perspective; H. Faas. et al.
- Lessons Learned for Regional and Global Energy Security; Y. Minulin, L. Schrattenholzer.
- The European Union and the Wider Black Sea Region: Interests, Challenges and Opportunities; O. Tomescu-Hatto.
- Considerations on Sustainable Development and Energy Security; J. Voeller.
- Issues of Energy Security in the Black Sea Region; S. Celac.

PART 2. Theoretical Perspectives to Energy Security.
- Enlarging the Perspective: Energy Security via Equilibrium, Information and Computation; S. Marcus.
- Models for Energy Gaming and Governance; A. Gheorghe, D. Vamanu.
- Stochastic Simulation of Critical Infrastructures for Electric Power Transmission; E. Zio.
- Conversion of Renewables Kinetic Energy of Water: Synthesis, Theoretical Modeling, and Experimental Evaluation; I. Bostan et al.
- Modeling and Evaluation of Security of Energy Supply in Regional Environments; D. Serbanescu.
- Energy Security: A Problem of Complex Systems and Complex Situations; E. Bosworth.
- Cybersecurity: Threat Identification, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment; H. Umberger.

PART 3. Critical Energy Infrastructures: Efficiency, Security, and Governance.
- Asset Critically in European Gas Pipeline Systems. Increasing Challenges for NATO, its Member States and Industrial Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructures; F.Umbach, U. Nerlich.
- Operational Analysis Support to Energy Security in South East Europe: A Bulgarian Academic Community Approach; Z. Minchev, V. Shalamanov.
- Energy Security for Industrial and Military Installations; Emergent Conditions that Influence the Strategic Selection of Technologies; J. Lambert.
- The Energy Incident Database; R. Mullen.
- An Energy Security Strategy for Romania: Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources; A. Gheorghe et al.