The Remain camp asserts greater interconnection with European neighbours improves our energy security through diversifying supply.
It is also argued that membership of the EU enables the UK to drive forward collective action on climate change. The EU bloc was influential in negotiating the agreement signed in Paris to stop climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C.
Many argue EU legislation has been a positive for the waste and environment industry – forcing the UK to clean up polluted beaches, enforcing minimum air quality standards and encouraging greater recycling.
Leaving the EU would mean that the UK could negotiate on its own at United Nations Conferences on climate change, without having to reach consensus with 27 other countries.
The UK would no longer be required to negotiate with the European Commission over exemptions on rules for energy intensive companies (e.g. the steel industry).
Most of the UK’s gas is imported from Norway, dispelling the argument that Britain relies on Russia for its gas.