Climate Change and Global Energy Security:Technology and Policy Options

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2011
Author(s): Marilyn A. Brown; Benjamin K. Sovacool
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Power, Energy, & Industry Applications
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Abstract

Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption. Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment--without forcing tradeoffs among them.

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      Front Matter

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      Motivation and Organization of the Book

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Socio-Technical Approach, Climate Change and Energy Security, Preview of Chapters View full abstract»

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      A Tale of Five Challenges

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Electricity, Transportation, Forestry and Agriculture, Waste and Water, Climate Change, Conflicts and Complementarities View full abstract»

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      Technologies for Mitigating Climate Change

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Energy End Use, Energy Supply, Capturing and Sequestering Carbon, Reducing Other Greenhouse Gases, Integrated Systems, Synthesis View full abstract»

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      Technologies for Geo-Engineering and Adaptation

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      Barriers to Effective Climate and Energy Policies

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Public Goods, Market Failure, and Policy Failure, Barriers to Cost Effectiveness, Fiscal, Regulatory, and Statutory Barriers, Intellectual-Property Barriers, Other Cultural, Social, and Institutional Barriers, Toward Carbon Lock-In View full abstract»

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      Overcoming Barriers to Effective Climate and Energy Policies

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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Risk Paradigm versus the Precautionary Principle, Types of Public Policies and Ways to Evaluate Them, Putting a Price on Carbon, Complementary Policies, The Need for Synergy View full abstract»

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      The Case for Polycentric Implementation

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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Benefits of Global Action, The Benefits of Local Action, The Case for Polycentrism, Challenges to Polycentrism, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Case Studies

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Denmark's Electricity Policy, 1970–2001, Germany's Feed-in Tariff, 1990–2009, Brazil's Proálcool Program and Promotion of Flex-Fuel Vehicles, 1975–2009, Singapore's Urban Transport Policy, 1971–2009, Bangladesh's Grameen Shakti, 1996–2009, China's National Improved Stove Program, 1983–1998, The Oasis Project in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil, 2006—Present, The Toxics Release Inventory in the United States, 1988—2007, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Conclusions

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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Socio-Technical Nature of Climate and Energy Challenges, Justification for Government Intervention, Speed, Scope, and Scale, The Power of Polycentrism, Coordinated, Progressive, and Consistent Policies View full abstract»

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      Experts Contacted and Interviewed for Case Studies

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      Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption. Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment--without forcing tradeoffs among them. View full abstract»

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      Methodology for Case Studies

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      Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption. Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment--without forcing tradeoffs among them. View full abstract»

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      Notes

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      Bibliography

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      Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption. Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment--without forcing tradeoffs among them. View full abstract»

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      Index

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      Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption. Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment--without forcing tradeoffs among them. View full abstract»