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The present energy supply, conversion and demand system in the European Union (EU) contributes significantly to a number of environment problems. In order to explore what kind of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) is required to advance to a more sustainable energy supply system, a project is being carried out by four institutes that aims at evaluating the present RD&D strategies of the EU from the point of view of sustainability and presenting proposals for updating this RD&D strategy. The project consists of four phases: defining energy RD&D objectives; giving an overview of energy RD&D options that may play a role in achieving sustainable development; constructing a database on existing programmes; providing updated strategies for RD&D. In this report the results of the second phase are presented. Its aim is to give an overview of the energy RD&D options and the energy RD&D potential for a sustainable future in the fields of energy demand, conversion and supply. First of all, a general summary of the approach is given. Subsequently an overview is given of the present energy demand and supply situation in the European Union. Then a number of sectors of the energy system are discussed with respect to their energy RD&D options and potentials.

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Authors: BLOK K, Utrecht University, Department of Science, Technology and Society (NL);TURKENBURG W C, Utrecht University, Department of Science, Technology and Society (NL);EICHHAMMER W, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe (DE);FARINELLI U, Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, L'Energia e l'Ambiente, Roma (IT);JOHANSSON T B (EDITORS), Lund University, Department of Environmental and Energy Systems (SE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16829 EN (1996) 298pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII-F-1, JOULE/THERMIE Programme, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-6359-5
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