Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications

Paperback | October 17, 2015

EditorPaul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, Jim Watson

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Energy, and access to energy, are essential to human life, civilisation and development. A number of energy issues - including energy security, energy prices and the polluting emissions for energy use - now have high prominence on global agendas of policy and diplomacy. In addressing theseand other global energy issues, the purpose of this book is to lay out the broad global energy landscape, exploring how these issues might develop in coming decades, and the implications of such developments for energy policy. There are great uncertainties, which will be identified, in respect ofsome of these issues, but many of the defining characteristics of the landscape are clear, and the energy policies of all countries will need to be broadly consistent with these if they are to be feasible and achieve their objectives. The book therefore provides information about and analysis ofenergy and related resources, and the technologies that have been and are being developed to exploit them that is essential to understanding how the global energy system is developing, and how it might develop in the future. But its main focus is the critical economic, social, political and culturalissues that will determine how energy systems will develop and which technologies are deployed, why, by whom, and who will benefit from them. The book has three Parts. Part I sets out the current global context for energy system developments, outlining the essential trends of global energy supplyand demand, and atmospheric emissions, from the past and going forward, and their driving forces. Part II explores the options and choices, covering both energy demand and energy supply, facing national and international policymakers as they confront the challenges of the global context outlined inPart I. Part III of the book brings together the discussion in Parts I and II with consideration of possible global energy and environmental futures, and of the energy policy choices which will determine which future actually comes to pass.

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Energy, and access to energy, are essential to human life, civilisation and development. A number of energy issues - including energy security, energy prices and the polluting emissions for energy use - now have high prominence on global agendas of policy and diplomacy. In addressing theseand other global energy issues, the purpose of...

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Resources and Vectors theme. He was a Memb...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.37 inPublished:October 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson: Introduction1. Jim Skea: The Global Energy Context2. Jim Watson, Xinxin Wang, Florian Kern: Energy Systems and Innovation3. Gavin Bridge and Michael Bradshaw: Deepening Globalization: Economies, Trade, and Energy Systems4. Joanna Depledge: The Global Climate Change Regime5. Katy Roelich, John Barrett, and Anne Owen: The Implications of Indirect Emissions for Climate and Energy Policy6. Robert Holland, Kate Scott, Tina Wegg, Nicola Beaumont, Eleni Papathanasopoulou, and Pete Smith: Energy production and Ecosystem Services7. Charlie Wilson, Kathryn Janda, Francoise Bartiaux, and Mithra Moezzi: Technical, Economic, Social, and Cultural Perspectives on Energy Demand8. Xavier Lemaire: Energy Access and Development in the 21st Century9. Kathryn B. Janda, Charlie Wilson, Mithra Moezzi, and Francoise Bartiaux: Improving Efficiency in Buildings: Conventional and Alternative Approaches10. Hannah Daly, Paul Dodds, and Will McDowall: Challenges and Options for Sustainable Travel: Mobility, Motorisation, and Vehicle Technologies11. Antony Evans and Tristan Smith: Shipping and Aviation12. Jim Watson and Cameron Jones: Carbon Capture and Storage13. Michael Bradshaw, Antony Froggatt, Christophe McGlade, and Jamie Speirs: Fossil Fuels: Reserves, Costs Curves, Production, and Consumption14. Michael Bradshaw, Murtala Chindo, Joseph Dutton, and Karg Kama: Unconventional Fossil Fuels and Technological Change15. Michael Bradshaw, Joseph Dutton, and Gavin Bridge: The Geopolitical Economy of a Globalizing Gas Market16. Markku Lehtonen and Mari Martiskainen: Nuclear Power after Fukushima: Prospects and Implications17. Raphael Slade and Ausilio Bauen: Bioenergy Resources18. Solar Energy: An Untapped Growing Potential?19. Laura Finlay, Henry Jeffrey, Andy MacGillivray, and George Aggidis: Water: Ocean Energy and Hydro20. Will McDowall and Andrew ZP Smith: Global Wind Power Developments and Prospects21. Paul E. Dodds and Birgit Fais: Network Infrastructure and Energy Storage for Low-Carbon Energy Systems22. Jamie Speirs and Katy Roelich: Metals for the Low-Carbon Energy System23. Catherine Mitchell: Electricity Markets and their Regulatory Systems for a Sustainable Future24. Christophe McGlade, Olivier Dessens, Gabrial Anandarajah, and Paul Ekins: Global Scenarios of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction25. Eleni Papathanasopoulou, Robert Holland, Trudie Dockerty, Kate Scott, Tina Wegg, Nicola Beaumont, Gail Taylor, Gilla Sunnenberg, Andrew Lovett, Pete Smith, and Melanie Austen: Energy and Ecosystem Service Impacts26. Paul Ekins: Policies and Conclusions