Published 12 October 2021
This article endeavours to assess the post-Covid-19 energy transition, as well as the interrelation between energy transition and nationalism.
By considering the fact that the Covid-19 restrictions decrease global energy use and energy demand, it can be argued that the Covid-19 is not among the main problems as to energy transition. Hence, in order to predict the post Covid-19 energy transition and problems that may occur in this regard, it is crucial to consider circumstances prior to the Covid-19. In this sense, one of the major concerns just before the Covid-19 Pandemic, rising nationalism and its reflection to international trade policies are explained through the lens of energy efficiency and energy transition.
Economic activities are strongly tied with energy sector, and countries are able to sustain their economic activities regularly as long as energy security is provided with the actors and components of economic activity. Therefore, energy transition also requires energy security. On the other hand, it is argued that rising nationalism and energy security concerns may direct governments to the idea of energy independency and resource nationalism, which mostly cause a clear increase in investments for environmentally hazardous energy generation methods. Could international law and sustainable development goals interfere in this dilemma?