The relationship between climate change and energy security: key issues and conclusions

David Toke, Sevasti-Eleni Vezirgiannidou

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There has been considerable work on the politics of climate change and
energy security as separate issues, but much less on the relationship between
energy security and climate change. From studies of the relationships
between these concepts in individual states and a comparison of media
coverage of energy security in differing states, there appears to be little
consistent connection between discourses on and policies for energy security
and climate change. Climate change considerations appear to be constructed
to promote elite and special-interest interpretations of energy security. It is
concluded that efforts at a local, national, and global level should be oriented
towards promoting climate change objectives to capture energy policy.
Otherwise, nationally based conceptions of energy security are likely to
predominate over climate-change objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-552
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2013


  • climate change
  • energy security
  • sustainability
  • markets
  • constructivism


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