South Asia constitutes a key geography in the world today considering its large population and related daunting energy and environmental challenges. Many countries in the region are faced with a growing gap between energy demand and local resources, resulting in an increased dependence on imports. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the energy demand in South Asia will grow at a rate more than double that of the world average in the coming decades. This book addresses the critical subject of energy and environmental outlook for South Asia and presents the wider challenges and the responses at the national and regional level.
- Discusses and addresses the ongoing energy and environmental challenges faced by almost a quarter of the global population
- Includes dedicated chapters for each country and presents analysis and recommendations by regional experts.
- Examines how deteriorating air quality and persistent natural disasters are severe environmental challenges for the region.
- Discusses the implications of global warming and climate change for South Asia.
- Includes practical case studies throughout.
Energy and Environmental Outlook for South Asia will benefit a wide range of stakeholders from various fields including but not limited to energy, environment, economics, national security, and sustainable development. It also serves as a valuable resource for academics, researchers, analysts, policymakers, and representatives of utilities, industry, professional bodies, financial institutions, think tanks, and developmental organizations to better plan their initiatives, activities, and policies. It will help countries in the region and also those around the world by learning from shared experience, and ideally by collaborating for energy and environmental prosperity.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Afghanistan’s Energy and Environmental Scenario. An Overview of the Energy Scenario in Bangladesh: Current Status, Potentials, Challenges and Future Directions. 100% Renewable Energy Strategy: Bhutan’s Energy and Environmental Perspective. Sustainable Energy and Environmental Outlook: an Indian Perspective. Energy and Sustainable Development in the Maldives. Energy Security in the Context of Nepal. Pakistan’s Energy Transformation Pathway and Environmental Sustainability. Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Futures in Sri Lanka. South Asian Dual Challenges – Energy and Environment. Conclusion.
Dr Muhammad Asif is Associate Professor at the Glasgow Caledonian University. His research interests include renewable energy, energy management, energy policy, sustainable buildings, life cycle analysis, and sustainable development. He is the author and/or editor of three books and over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, book chapters and reports, and has presented his research at more than 50 international conferences and symposia.